|"He must increase : I must decrease." —John 3:30|
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. —Psalm 126:5-6
"Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." — Helen Keller
I found myself in a space with twelve sages in a circle, all focused on an endless column of living white light that was in the middle of the circle. One of the sages sent a ray of consciousness to me: "What do you want to know?" Immediately I responded: "How can I help?"
"Rejoice, and be exceeding glad" — Matthew 5:12
| The recompense of penance is joy|
Moi, c. 2007
|Life is an open book — read it and weep for joy|
Rudolf Steiner: "May my soul bloom in love for all existence."
— Psalm 118:24
|Be the Banjoy!|
|Per Aspera Ad Astra|
Through Tribulations To The Stars
|"Let brotherly love continue." — Hebrews 13:1|
|"When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." — Job|
|The Gate of Humility|
The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of the U.S.A.
"This is my commandment: that you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." — John 15:12-13
"Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, for loves covers a multitude of sins." — 1 Peter 4:8
When people apply their ordinary soul habits to what they think they are understanding of teachings about the higher worlds, then this inevitably develops strife and egotism. Thus it is just by grasping the true nature of the higher worlds that one is led to understand how easily societies with a spiritual content can become involved in conflicts and quarreling, and how necessary it is to educate oneself to participation in such groups by learning to tolerate the other person to an immeasurably greater degree than one is used to doing."
‘The moment a dragon is slain’ Puppet Show (Paris 1963)
Brave and true I will be.
Each good deed sets me free.
Each kind word makes me strong.
I will fight for the right.
I will conquer the wrong.
"All the incidents of our life are material out of which we can make what we will. Whosoever has much spirit makes much of his life. Each acquaintance, each event would be, for the thoroughly spiritual, the first number of an endless series, the beginning of an endless romance." — Novalis
"There is no path to happiness. The path itself is happiness."— Gautama Buddha
|The cry of the human heart is "How can I help?"|
"An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man." — Emerson
|"Little children, keep yourselves from idols." — 1 John 5:21|
"The human being himself must create an organ so that he can bear suffering." — Rudolf Steiner
|"Purge me with H.I.Y.S.P. and I shall be clean..." — Psalm 51:7|
"Love all and exclude none." — Swamiji
|Abraham Lincoln: "I am like the man who was tarred and feathered and ridden out of town on a rail. When they asked him how he felt about it, he said that if it were not for the honor of the thing, he would rather have walked."|
"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." — Matthew 10:16
"Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." — Matthew 5:44
Father, let my mercy toward others make up for the sins done to me.
“Character is that which can do without success.” — Emerson
"Martyrs are spiritual heroes. Every man has his years of martyrdom. Christ was the great martyr of our race. Through Him martyrdom has become infinitely meaningful and holy. Oh! that I had a taste for martyrdom!" — Novalis
"If you try to see for yourself how human individuals have fared who really wanted to seek Christ Jesus, who really wanted to find the path to Him, it has always been a path of martyrdom. Christ Jesus has always had to be sought in defiance of convention, just as even today He must still be sought in the context of a battle against the conventions that still persist." — Rudolf Steiner
|"In spiritual life, so long as you have grasped it properly, nothing can go wrong." — Rudolf Steiner|
"Whenever you see evil you should look into your own soul and ask yourself, Why am I not yet able to recognize the good in this evil that confronts me?" — Rudolf Steiner
"Spirit triumphant! Flame through the weakness of faltering, fainthearted souls! Burn up egoism, kindle compassion, so that selflessness, the lifestream of humanity, may flow as the wellspring of spiritual rebirth!" — Rudolf Steiner
"Ma Swaha" is my name for the spiritual being that is the Himalayan Institute.
|"He [Swamiji] said, 'Isn't this a cremation ground?' referring to his ashram. 'You come here to be burned, and if you can't get that into your head, there's no point in your being here!'" — Swami Veda|
|"He must increase; I must decrease." — John 3:30|
"I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain." — Galatians 2:19-21
John 15:1 - 16:3
and whirls them round upon the wheel of maya.
Run to him for refuge with all your strength,
and peace profound will be yours through his grace."
— Bhagavad Gita 18:61-62
Dhyana mulam guror murtih
Puja mulam guroh padam
Mantra mulam guror vakyam
Moksha mulam guroh krpa
The root of meditation is the guru's form
The root of worship is the guru's feet
The root of mantra is the guru's word
The root of liberation is the guru's grace.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
— Matthew 7:7
|"Duty is when one loves the commands one gives to oneself." —Goethe|
|The root of worship is the guru's feet|
"What is a good person? One who achieves tranquility by having formed the habit of asking on every occasion: 'What is the right thing to do now?'" —Epictetus
|"The Return of the Prodigal Son" by Rembrandt|
— Hazrat Inayat Khan
"It is the highest and holiest of the paradoxes that the man who really knows he cannot pay his debt will be forever paying it. He will be for ever giving back what he cannot give back, and what he cannot be expected to give back. He will be always throwing things away into a bottomless pit of unfathomable thanks." — G. K. Chesterton, St. Francis of Assisi
Rudolf Steiner: "If one observes how karma works itself out, it may be said from the human side that this living out of karma can only be described as a kind of hunger and its satisfaction."
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. —Luke 9:23-24
"He must increase : I must decrease." —John 3:30
in the beholding of ourselves we may not stand."
— Julian of Norwich
|"ES IST ICH"|
|"He that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." — John 3:21|
|"The Christian Knight" by Albrecht Dürer|
Rudolf Steiner: "The famous image of The Christian Knight, or as it is often called, Knight, Death, and the Devil. Please note how this copperplate engraving grew entirely out of its era. Because if you put this image up next to the lines that I cited earlier from Goethe's Faust:
I've more sense, to be sure, than the learned fools,
The masters and pastors, the scribes from the schools;
No scruples to plague me, no irksome doubt,
No hell-fire or devil to worry about...
then you find yourself with this whole character who need fear neither death nor the devil, but instead strikes out into the world. And this is how he is to be depicted, the Christian knight who rebels utterly against the doctors, masters, scribes, and clerics brought into his sphere, that knight who must make his way in the world fearing neither death nor the devil that stand in his way and that he must simply push aside in order to continue his journey. The title of the engraving really should be The Christian Knight because death and the devil are simply standing on the path; but he steps over them, passing them by without paying them any mind."
|"Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." — Thoreau|
"In the karma of every single Anthroposophist is written: Become a person of initiative; observe whether out of the hindrances of your body or any other hindrances that thwart you, you do not discover initiative to be the center of your being. Suffering and joy for you will actually depend on whether or not you can discover personal initiative. As if in letters of gold, there should always stand before the soul of the Anthroposophist: 'Initiative is part of your karma; much of what meets you in life will depend on whether you can bring this initiative to consciousness.'" —Rudolf Steiner
From the Sutta-Nipata:
Fearing nothing, caring for nothing,
Wandering alone, like the rhinoceros!
Even as a lion, not trembling at noises,
Even as the wind, not caught in a net,
Even as the lotus leaf, untainted by water,
Do thou wander alone, like the rhinoceros!
Freedom and Love
By all the means you can.
In all the places you can.
At all the times you can.
To all the people you can.
As long as ever you can.
"Eons cannot erase the traces of my days on Earth." — Goethe
The Esoteric Lord's Prayer, by Rudolf Steiner
You who were, are, and will be in our inmost being:
May your name be glorified and praised in us.
May your kingdom grow in our deeds and in our inmost lives.
May we perform your will as you, Father, lay it down in our inmost being.
You give us spiritual nourishment, the bread of life, superabundantly in all the changing conditions of our lives.
Let our mercy toward others make up for the sins done to us.
You do not allow the tempter to work in us beyond the capacity of our strength.
For no temptation can live in your being, Father, and the tempter is only appearance and delusion, from which you lead us, Father, through the light of knowledge.
May your power and glory work in us through all periods and ages of time.
In Gottes Segen ist alles gelegen
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.