Tag Archives: Bhagavad Gita

Resolutions to Please God: Changing Our Lifestyle

Resolutions Pleasing to God What does it mean, then, to worship God? It means learning to be with him, it means that we stop trying to dialogue with him, and it means sensing that his presence is the most true, the most … Continue reading

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Fasting & Humility: Tailor-made Sackcloth for the Soul

 Fasting to Dress the Soul . . . I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting; I prayed with head bowed on my chest. [Psalm 35:13]. A dose of voluntary self-deprivation such as fasting is often helpful in enhancing our devotional live and … Continue reading

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Spiritual Homeostasis — Faith Runs in Your Blood

Faith Runs in Your Blood The brain’s stress response system is activated in threatening situations. The immune system responds automatically to pathogens and foreign molecules. These two response systems are the body’s principal means for maintaining an internal steady state called … Continue reading

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Fasting Essentials: Purity of Mind and Heart

  Fasting Essentials  “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. [Joel 2:12-13 (NIV)]. We often strive to attain lofty spiritual states by … Continue reading

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Do-it-yourself Reality: Making Do with Homemade Truths

The Perspective of Divine Reality There also exists a constant tension between ideas and realities. Realities simply are, whereas ideas are worked out. There has to be continuous dialogue between the two, lest ideas become detached from realities. It is … Continue reading

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Wealth, Security & Charity: Long-term Spiritual Investments

Wealth, Security and Charity  For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything … Continue reading

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Performance Enhancing Thoughts: Patience (5)

Patience: Guardian of Virtues But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance. [Luke 8:15]. Our capacity … Continue reading

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Transcendence & Altered Consciousness (4)

Transcendence & Altered Consciousness There is an irreducible opposition between the deep transcendent self that awakens only in contemplation, and the superficial, external self which we commonly identify with the first person singular. Our reality, our true self, is hidden … Continue reading

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Spiritual Factors in Health: Worship & Healing

Worship and Healing  . . . train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. [1 Timothy 4:7-9 (NIV)]. … Continue reading

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Healing in a Divine Reality: Faith as a Factor in Health

Healing in a Divine Reality  No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. [1 Corinthians 2:9]. The physical senses through  which we perceive the world are … Continue reading

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Spiritual Silence: Controlling the Restless Mind

  A Mind at Ease Thus does a summer evening suggest idyllic thoughts, soothing even a restless mind with its assuagement, inducing even the soaring imagination to abide on earth with an indwelling yearning for home as the place from … Continue reading

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Silencing Our Thoughts: Gagging the Ego & Its Echo

Echoes of the Ego So we also must learn to listen more to our conscience. Be careful, however: this does not mean we ought to follow our ego, do whatever interests us, whatever suits us, whatever pleases us. That is … Continue reading

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A Measure of Self: Control, Esteem & Awareness (2/2)

A Measure of Self Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself… [1 Corinthians 6:19 ]. How do we … Continue reading

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Gluttony: Camouflaging Anxiety & Despair (1/2)

Gluttony and Our Spirit O Children of Adam! Look to your adornment at every place of worship, and eat and drink, but be not prodigal. Lo! He loveth not the prodigals. [Quran 7:31]. Gluttony is a detour into unrestrained immersion … Continue reading

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A Hunger for Life — An Appetite for Death

Appetite for Life If you are able to fast, you will do well to observe some days beyond what are ordered by the Church, for besides the ordinary effect of fasting in raising the mind, subduing the flesh, confirming goodness, and obtaining … Continue reading

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Gift of Repentance: Escaping Self-condemnation (2/2)

Escaping Self-condemnation God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it [1 Corinthians 10:13]. Repentance requires … Continue reading

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Diet, Discipline & Faith: Nourishing Our Spirit (2/2)

Diet and Health Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. [Amos 8:11 … Continue reading

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Look! Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? No one knows what he himself is made of, except his own spirit within him, yet there is still some part of him which remains hidden even from his own spirit; but you, Lord, … Continue reading

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Mutation of the Soul: Thoughts, Intentions & Self-awareness

Thoughts Silenced But it is a plain truth … that mutations do happen to souls in regard to their reception of life. For we well know that we have the power to reflect, infringe, diminish, and intercept the rays of … Continue reading

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