The many purposes of the Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad GitaThe Bhagavad Gita never advised that you should renounce everything, go to the forest and do penance. You may think, “Why preach Gita to these youngster?” You are afraid that if these people read Gita, they may give up family life and become renunciates. A small question. There are many elderly people who read and teach Bhagavad Gita regularly. Do they take to renunciation? No. You must get to the inner meaning of the Bhagavad Gita in order to understand human nature.

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The Lesson Taught By Buddha

Gautama Buddha

There are many forms of media in this day and age which present abuse to us. Vitriol, invective, revilement, these things are witnessed on radio, television, social media and even the smartphone. Face to face abuse is not uncommon when people have hatred and jealousy. Here is an episode from the life of the Buddha, as told by Sai Baba, about jealousy, hatred and abuse.

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Awe and dread: How religions have responded to total solar eclipses over the centuries

FILE - A partial solar eclipse is seen behind a cross on the steeple of the St. George church, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Throughout history, solar eclipses have had profound impact on adherents of various religions around the world. They were viewed as messages from God or spiritual forces, inducing emotions ranging from dread to wonder. (AP/Hassan Ammar, File)

Throughout history, solar eclipses have had profound impact on adherents of various religions around the world. They were viewed as messages from God or spiritual forces, inducing emotions ranging from dread to wonder.

Ahead of the total solar eclipse that will follow a long path over North America on Monday, here’s a look at how several of the world’s major religions have responded to such eclipses over the centuries and in modern times.

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Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds

‘Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds’ – the Bhagavad Gita explained

Page from a 19th-century illustrated Sanskrit manuscript of the Bhagavad Gita.
British Library, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Debjani Ganguly, Australian Catholic University

In our Guide to the Classics series, experts explain key works of literature.

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The Transfiguration in Christianity: A Path Towards Inner Transformation

Transfiguration of JesusThe New Testament records the Transfiguration of Jesus, and he is attended by the Prophets Moses and Elijah. This event is celebrated in the Post-Reformation Churches with prayer and thanksgiving. Was this a vision of the Paramjyothi, that light which is the light of the Formless Absolute? Or was this a vision of that light referred to in the Nicene Creed, Light from Light? In this article, we explore the meaning of the Transfiguration of Jesus.

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Easwaramma: We are in Maya! We are in Maya!

Easwaramma and Sri Sathya Sai BabaIn this post, we take a look at an event where the divine self-disclosure occurred in Uravakonda. We look at this story from the point of view of his Mother (Easwaramma) and his brother (Seshama Raju). This story concerns the events in Uravakonda immediately after the young Sathyanarayana Raju threw his books down, sat in the home and did not eat nor drink for three days.

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555 Gateway – Lemuria

555 - Lemuria GatewayNorfolk Island: On this ancient rock in the South Pacific, a Lemurian Crystalline City of Light, a group of Guardians gathered. The potent dynamic of earth light Guardians together fulfilled our collective human destiny was coded within us as part of our soul’s contract. The actions of the Guardians strengthened the network of light all over the Earth to open portals which elevated energies of light and brought forward the return of the Lemurian Energy.

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The Eclipse and the Lemurian Gateway

555 - Lemuria GatewayAt the end of the Cosmic Consciousness Conference, there was a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. It was a bit late in the night, eclipse maximum was at 4:22am in the morning, Norfolk Island time (GMT+11). The effect of this eclipse was to empower and drive the energy of the 555 Lemurian Gateway Activation – stronger and more energetic – into our future, beyond the Chaotic Nodes.

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