| The recompense of penance is joy|
Birthday Boy, c. 2007
Goethe: "To what avail is all expenditure and labor of suns and planets and moons, of stars and galaxies, of comets and of nebulae, and of completed and still growing worlds, if not at last a happy man rejoices in his existence?”
|Life is an open book — read it and weep for joy|
Rudolf Steiner: "May my soul bloom in love for all existence."
| "Yogaḥ Karmasu Kauśalam" ["Yoga is skill in action"]|
— Bhagavad Gita 2:50
The motto of the Himalayan Institute
|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 Himalayan Institute|
"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)
"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
|"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
|"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
|"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
|"He that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." — John 3:21|
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
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.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.