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by Nicholas
Fri Feb 26, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Islam, Sufism-Islamic mysticism
Topic: Fasting
Replies: 5
Views: 43675

Re: Fasting

Blavatsky on the rationale of fasting: The rationale of fasts lies on the surface. If there is one thing more than another which paralyses the will power in man and thereby paves the way to physical and moral degradation it is intemperance in eating: “Gluttony, of seven deadly sins the worst.” Swede...
by Nicholas
Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Helena Blavatsky
Replies: 11
Views: 48116

Re: Helena Blavatsky

Prefatory remarks before the Johnston-HPB interview: First published in The Theosophical Forum , New York, Vol. V, No. 12, April, 1900; Vol. VI, Nos. 1, 2, 3, May, June, July, 1900. Republished in Blavatsky: Collected Writings , VIII pp. 392-409. [This is an account written by Charles Johnston conce...
by Nicholas
Thu Feb 25, 2021 3:20 am
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Rulu's Sutra translations
Replies: 1
Views: 45

Re: Rulu's Sutra translations

This sutra has Buddha teaching on consciousness:

http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra18.html
by Nicholas
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Rulu's Sutra translations
Replies: 1
Views: 45

Rulu's Sutra translations

Several books filled with Sutras, notes & commentaries; also the site has 54 Sutras translated:

http://www.sutrasmantras.info/index.html
by Nicholas
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Helena Blavatsky
Replies: 11
Views: 48116

Re: Helena Blavatsky

The correct link to the long Johnston-Blavatsky interview:

http://www.philaletheians.co.uk/study-n ... hnston.pdf
by Nicholas
Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Closer to truth (inspiration for Dharma Paths)
Replies: 20
Views: 66193

Re: Closer to truth

The value of comparative study is unmistakable. Every sincere seeker after Truth recognizes the great stimulus it exerts over the mind, and welcomes with joyous heart every revelation that is sustained and verified by many sources both old and new. The dogmatist, on the other hand, in order to safe...
by Nicholas
Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: 10 biggest lies about Jesus
Replies: 19
Views: 156

Re: 10 biggest lies about Jesus

Brahma Das wrote: Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:26 pm I don't want to argue...
Yet you do have a tendency, almost fanatical, to preach.

Do you have views & opinions or just unquestionable revelations from Within? It can be off putting and tiresome, IMHO.
by Nicholas
Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: 10 biggest lies about Jesus
Replies: 19
Views: 156

Re: 10 biggest lies about Jesus

...if you wilt away from Christianity and turn to your own misunderstood theories about life and who you you think Christ was outside of Scripture, you may border on being antichrist, and that is the gravest sin. BD you embarrass yourself. Never mind the 'gravest sin' supposed in another. If Jesus ...
by Nicholas
Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Jain Dharma
Topic: Piya Tan on Jainism
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: Piya Tan on Jainism

The ancient University of Nalanda failed for 2 reasons. Firstly, as it grew, it became more academic, learning for the sake of learning, instead of teaching and practising what the Buddha taught. It also became very large and rich. This attracted the Turk marauders who had been watching Buddhist mo...
by Nicholas
Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: 10 biggest lies about Jesus
Replies: 19
Views: 156

Re: 10 biggest lies about Jesus

As to the historicity question, there is a minority view that Blavatsky and her Gurus mentioned: [Jesus of Lud] or Lydda. Reference is made here to the Rabbinical tradition in the Babylonian Gemara , called Sepher Toldoth Jeshu , about Jesus being the son of one named Pandira, and having lived a cen...
by Nicholas
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:04 am
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Bhagavad Gita
Replies: 21
Views: 53983

Re: Bhagavad Gita

A lovely lass chants in Sanskrit all of chapter two. This channel has many excepts of Sanskrit texts (even Hare Krishna for BD).

by Nicholas
Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 108
Views: 312956

Re: Theosophy

Universal Unity and Causation; Human Solidarity; the Law of Karma; Re-incarnation. These are the four links of the golden chain which should bind humanity into one family, one universal Brotherhood. If the action of one reacts on the lives of all, and this is the true scientific idea, then it is on...
by Nicholas
Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: General Buddhism forum
Topic: The 100+ titles for the Buddha
Replies: 104
Views: 509

Re: The 100+ titles for the Buddha

Here are the ten major ones used most often in Mahayana. (Notice I used only one post, not ten.) :buddha1: I forgot to mention in the other thread (just added this to the other thread now): Having 10,000+ helps with our search engine optimization (SEO) meaning it will be easier for DP results to co...
by Nicholas
Sat Feb 20, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: General Buddhism forum
Topic: The 100+ titles for the Buddha
Replies: 104
Views: 509

Re: The 100+ titles for the Buddha

Here are the ten major ones used most often in Mahayana. (Notice I used only one post, not ten.) :buddha1: 1. The One That Has Come (Tathagata) - This refers to the One that comes down to this world from the realm of the absolute spiritual reality to enlighten living beings (and then reenters Nirvan...
by Nicholas
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:57 am
Forum: General Buddhism forum
Topic: The 28 buddhas
Replies: 34
Views: 135

Re: The 28 buddhas

Our Buddha narrates to the Bodhisattva Pramuditaraja the details about the 1000 buddhas. Here is what he, in the Bhadrakalpika Sutra says about himself and the next buddha: Pramuditaraja, I, the Tathagata Sakyamuni, was born in Kapilavastu, of princely descent, of Gautama’s line, and my light extend...
by Nicholas
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:40 am
Forum: General Buddhism forum
Topic: The 28 buddhas
Replies: 34
Views: 135

Re: The 28 buddhas

25. Kakusandha Bodhi Tree: Sirisa tree bio: https://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Kakusandha There is a large Mahayana sutra that lists 1000 buddhas, most in the future. The list begins with DNS #25 - Sanskrit spelling of course. Krakucchanda, Kanakamuni, Kasyapa, the Most Eminent Sakya, Maitr...
by Nicholas
Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: There is no "god."
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: There is no "god."

... capitalization of the Big G does indicate whom one is referring to, as in, the Supreme Lord. (And one musn't have any "gods" before Him. So what does that mean? ) That verse is the First of the Ten Commandments, so it is most important. I am the Lord, thy God, who took thee out of the land of E...
by Nicholas
Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Practicing the Perfections & Brahma-viharas
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 97
Views: 223434

Re: In Praise of Virtue

True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrong-doing by its prohibitions. And it does not lay its commands or prohibitions upon good men in vain, though neither have any effect ...
by Nicholas
Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: There is no "god."
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: There is no "god."

The reason I wrote this post is because I kept feeling a lack of respect given to God and Goddesses especially in Buddhism by some practitioners ... So getting others to feel proper respect, as BD feels it, is important to you. Hmmm, curious motive. Therefor, capitalization gives the appearance of ...
by Nicholas
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:54 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: There is no "god."
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: There is no "god."

The meaning is what matters, and OED gives the many and fuzzy roots of the word: Forms: α. early Old English go (Mercian, transmission error), early Old English gotho (plural, rare), Old English geode (dative, transmission error), Old English geodes (genitive, transmission error), Old English godede...