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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 11:56 am on August 19, 2011 Permalink |
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    Soul Needs-One Garden: NB all new posts are below this ‘Welcome’ message 

    WELCOME to ‘Soul Needs-ONE GARDEN: Holistic Living with the spiritual as ‘realizing Oneness – living inter-spiritually – interfaith for the 21stC”

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    Soul Needs – ONE GARDEN as well as the pressing need for today – realizing the Oneness behind the various faith Traditions – the blog includes occasional posts on my other interests – The Arts especially Street Photography, Health matters, Holistic Education, Personal Development, Social Justice matters.

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    Photograph ‘The peripatetic piano man Brighton’ by  Roger Prentice

    INTRODUCTION – NB – All new posts are below this welcome message.

    SOUL NEEDS – ONE GARDEN – my main blog-site, a  flow of  life-journey moments building on my PhD  – Roger (Dr R Prentice)  EMAIL: onesummit AT gmail DOT com

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    PLEASE ‘like’ my other sites;

    The FaceBook inter-spiritual page is HERE

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    FACEBOOK – The inter-spiritual discussion group is HERE

    The PhD – is a model of Holistic Education for parents, teachers and managers. Within it is SunWALK, a model of what it is to be fully and positively human – very readable, not technical – & it’s HERE !

    Twitter for all 6 projects is HERE      My ‘street photography’ is HERE

    I will keep the blogs that I no longer post to e.g. The specialist inter-spirituality site  HERE

    THE 6 PROJECTS: My primary focus is now inter-spirituality or  ‘perennial-spirituality’ 21stC interfaith – (the ‘changeless faith’ as Baha’is call it) but within that are  5 other projects  

    1) Art-matters,  inc photography – mainly street photography

    2) Natural Health matters (inc surviving IPF),

    3) Personal Development & Management,

    4) Re-humanizing Education (inc. Holistic Education)

    5) Social Justice matters.  

    All  5 I hope are integrated within

    6) ‘Inter-spirituality’ –  I am now realizing it as the context for the other *

    Inter-spirituality is “the recovery of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” – Wayne Teasdale, see HERE 
    My definition of inter-spirituality = ‘the state of being, and the living of life, that flows from the realization of the Oneness beyond the various wisdom traditions.’  – as in ‘Namaste’, “I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Integrity, of Wisdom and of Peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are One.”
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    RP “Behind every moment, behind every particular, is the enveloping Whole.   We have 2 wings; being as the Whole, from which we emanate and  secondly delight in every particular.” – My heart has come to harbour every form’ ! 
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    Mindfulness allows us to spend more time in eternity!”
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    My daily Quotations Treasury blog is HERE      Resources for ONE GARDEN groups – i.e interfaith interspirituality is HERE    My photography is HERE – use left & right arrows to view!   EN-JOY – please send in a ‘like’, comment, discussion point or question! – All new posts are below this welcome post – thanks for dropping by – Roger.  
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    #inter-spiritual, #one-garden, #interfaith

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 4:28 am on May 19, 2017 Permalink |
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    Abraham Joshua Heschel speaking at UCLA 

    Abraham Joshua Heschel speaking at UCLA 5/29/1968

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 7:28 am on May 18, 2017 Permalink |  

    Register your objection or send your prayers…. 

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 7:31 am on May 4, 2017 Permalink |  

    ‘You Have No Source’ – Alan Watts 

     

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 3:11 pm on May 1, 2017 Permalink |  

    Alan Watts on “The Magic of being Happy” 

    Some wonderful teaching here……

     

    The whole world is the sound of the bell….

    The image of Buddha is everything you can look at….

    A Zen Master was asked, “Mountains and hills are they not all forms of the body of Buddha?”

    The Zen Master replied, “Yes they are, but it’s a pity to say so.”

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    For the life of Alan Watts see here – http://www.alanwatts.org/life-of-alan-watts/

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 7:29 am on May 1, 2017 Permalink |  

    A chuckle, a limerick from Alan Watts to start the week 

     

    There once was a man who said though,

    It seems that I know that I know,

    What I’d like to see,

    Is the I that knows me,

    When I know that I know that I know.           Alan Watts…

    See here for more about and by Alan Watts – http://www.alanwatts.org/life-of-alan-watts/

     

     
    • cathycrick 9:25 am on May 1, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Cathy Stanton has shared OneDrive files with you. To view them, click the links below.

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      Haha I just read that…

      I am attaching a very well written explanation of the eight limbs of yoga which I think you will find interesting… And a section on how to approach and introduce them into our daily life

      I will send author and book title when I have checked. Had to attach them as one-drive files as they are quite large hope you can read or download them.

      Love to you both

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:04 am on April 28, 2017 Permalink |  

    Soothing Chant that transports you to your true Self 

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 4:11 pm on April 25, 2017 Permalink |  

    Nonduality – From wordlessness to words to wordlessness – the gift of Transcendence 

    THEME: Spirituality & Religion:

    TOPIC: From wordlessness to words to wordlessness –                                                       the gift of Transcendence as the ultimate context of our faith

    Presentation for Crawley Interfaith Network – by Roger – Dr Roger Prentice

    Email onesummit@gmail.com

    “Like the bee gathering honey from the different flowers, the wise person accepts the essence of the different scriptures and sees only the good in all religions.” attributed to Mahatma Gandhi

    INTRODUCTION:   We begin with Rumi, the 13thC Sufi mystic poet; “Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.”  I’m told someone once said to Rumi, “If you believe in silence, why have you done nothing but talk and talk, and write and sing and dance?”  He laughed and said, ”The radiant one inside me has never said a word.”  Father Thomas Keating added. ….”In order to hear that language, we must learn to be still and to rest in God.  Perhaps learning to rest in God is resting in Awareness?

    Spirituality & ReligionSpirituality  is what we ultimately are.  It is the life-force that through us flows. It is our capacity to reflect virtues, and the Names and Attributes and Qualities of God – in our acts as well as in our being.  We are a being within Being. For all of us our message to the world is what we actually do. Religion is the institutionalization of the spirituality that fountains from the Revelations of the Messengers of God – or, if you are a very modern theologian, around and from Ultimate Reality. Spirituality exists everywhere, including outside of religions.  Some parts of some religions, some of the time, show very little of the sweet water of spirituality that was the intention of the Messengers or High Prophets that founded those great Traditions.

    Outline of this presentation – Realizing Oneness is the means to peace. We are enriched if we look for sameness in other Traditions – The Oneness is best illustrated by the great seers; Lao Tzu to Socrates and Heraclitus, from Plotinus and al-Hallaj to Meister Eckhart and St. John of the Cross and up to and including contemporary spiritual teachers such as Rupert Spira and Reza Shah-Kazemi.

    They teach us to let go our egoic self and sense the presence of God – through the Messengers of God.  The Messengers enable four things.  Firstly they repeat the eternal spiritual truths. Secondly they give a set of social teachings. Thirdly they act as ‘Transformers’ of God’s Infinite power into ‘potential and manifest capabilities’ – for us humans. Fourthly they act as Perfect Mirrors, or exemplars, so that we learn to reflect in the mirrors of our hearts their perfect reflection of the qualities of God.

    Because of the constraints of time I focus on how in all great Traditions we are challenged to realize the Oneness behind the great traditions as evidenced by teachings from the seers and other outstanding teachers. In particular I present teachings concerning the two realms – the dual and the Nondual.

    What is  Nonduality in a nutshell? – ‘Nonduality is, when we stop ‘self-ing’ enough, to be surrendered within the Whole, out of which the ‘I’ appears.  Then we shall see that ‘I = Awareness’

    The Interspiritual Way is the same as e.g. the Taoist Way except inspiration is drawn primarily from seven Traditions.  Nonduality is the ‘center pole’ or ‘backbone’ of the One Garden interspiritual reading of self & life. From the teachings of the various Traditions I hope we come to see that we are all set the same challenge in life.  The briefest description of that challenge that I’ve ever seen is from a Zen Master, “No self; no problem.”  Now let’s see what the seven Traditions say about Nonduality & duality. Each Tradition points to the insight of the two realms but provides a different aspect on the subject;

    FROM JEWISH TEACHINGS: The great Jewish poet, philosopher & activist Rebbe Abraham Joshua Heschel describes the two worlds exquisitely ;

    “The Search for reason ends at the known; on the immense expanse beyond it only the sense of the ineffable can glide. It alone knows the route to that which is remote from experience and understanding.

    Neither of them is amphibious: reason cannot go beyond the shore, and the sense of the ineffable is out of place where we measure, where we weigh.

    We do not leave the shore of the known in search of adventure or suspense or because of the failure of reason to answer our questions. We sail because our mind is like a fantastic seashell, and when applying our ear to its lips we hear a perpetual murmur from the waves beyond the shore.

    Citizens of two realms, we all must sustain a dual allegiance: we sense the ineffable in one realm, we name and exploit reality in another.  Between the two we set up a system of references, but we can never fill the gap.

    They are as far and as close to each other as time and calendar, as violin and melody, as life and what lies beyond the last breath.”Abraham Joshua Heschel, in Man Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion.

    A simpler way of presenting the key idea is to be found in  this metaphor: “The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of mystery.”  Notice that even reason stops at the shoreline of mystery. The key is that to realize Nondual Reality we have to surrender to the impossibility that language, words, concepts, even mind and reason  can play no part. We either feel the Nondual whole or we don’t. But the good news is that we can clear away the inner clutter that comes with the ‘dual world’ and find that our true Self is there all the time. This is Awareness, but Awareness is us only when we have stopped ‘selfing’. Then, relatively, we sense that God is closer to us than our life-vein as in We are closer to him than (his) jugular vein.” (Qur’an 50:16).  As in the one set of footsteps in the sand God carries us, even when we are not fulfilling our covenantal obligation.  To transcend we have to get our false egoic self sufficiently surrendered to allow our true Self to be reflected from our heart.

    FROM BUDDHIST TEACHINGS: – The two realms are pointed to in this ancient Zen teaching telling us that the great Master Dogen taught, “To study the Buddha Way is to study the self, to study the self is to forget the self, and  to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.”……… To be enlightened by the 10,000 things is to recognize the unity of the self and the 10,000 things.

    FROM SUFI ISLAMIC TEACHINGS:  Rumi in one of his poems says; “Not Christian or Jew or Muslim. Not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen. Not any religion or cultural system.  I am not from the east or the west. Not out of the ocean or up from the ground. Not natural or ethereal. Not composed of elements at all. I do not exist. Am not an entity in this world or the next.  Did not descend from Adam & Eve or any origin story. My place is the placeless, a trace of the traceless – neither body or soul. I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one & that one call to & know, first, last, outer, inner, only that breath, breathing, human, being.” – Rumi – 13thC  Sufi mystic – (C Barks).

    FROM HINDU TEACHINGS:

    “Like two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions, the

    individual self and the immortal Self are perched on the branches of the

    self same tree. The former tastes of the sweet and bitter fruits of the tree;                                                    the latter, tasting of neither, calmly observes.

    “The individual self, deluded by forgetfulness of his identity with the

    divine Self, bewildered by his ego, grieves and is sad. But when he

    recognizes the worshipful Lord as his own true Self, and beholds his

    glory, he grieves no more.”   -0-     SOURCE This trans. is in ‘The Upanishads, Breath of the Eternal’, by Swami Prabhavananda.

    FROM CHRISTIAN TEACHINGS:

    Jesus said, “If those who lead you say to you, ‘See, the kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.” The Gospel of Thomas HERE

    Fr. Richard Rohr comments; “Western Judeo-Christians are often uncomfortable with the word “nonduality.” They often associate it (negatively) with Eastern religions. I am convinced, however, that Jesus was the first nondual religious teacher of the West, and one reason we have failed to understand so much of his teaching, much less follow it, is because we tried to understand it with a dualistic mind.”  – Fr. Richard Rohr, in The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See.

    FROM BAHA’I TEACHINGS:  Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul. Love is the cause of God’s revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things.   Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next.   Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul. Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the diverse elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms.  Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe.   Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization …. SOURCE    

    FROM TAOIST TEACHINGS: The first chapter of the Tao Te Ching says; The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. The unnamable is the eternally real. Naming is the origin of all particular things. Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations. Yet mystery & manifestations arise from the same source…..  

    This speaks of the two realms & of the ‘Way’ as being beyond what we take as being the normal or real world. The (Nondual) Way cannot be described in words or concepts.  With mind you always end up with your own limitations. The key, whether you’re a sage or a Mr or Mrs J Bloggs, is to overcome or transcend ‘self’. Why? Because self as an autonomous, self-subsisting entity is an illusion & as our Buddhist teachers show us is the source of all of our self-created suffering. Only God is Self-subsisting.

    1. This all sounds very deep – is there a simpler way to understand Nonduality? Some beauty or goodness or truth, or breath meditation, or art, ‘takes us out of our ‘egoic-self’.  We all have had some experiences such as this – as captured by the 8thC Chinese poet known as Li Po;

    “The birds have vanished from the sky, / & now the last clouds slip away. / We sit alone, the mountain and I, / until only the mountain remains.”  

    Yes we kick ourself when we realize how simple Reality is . What is your true self?  It’s what we already are –  if we only we can get our egoic self out of our way – & out of The Way.  

    FROM CONTEMPORARY SPIRITUAL TEACHERS WE HAVE:  “Every thought in consciousness has been born into form, a temporary form and then it dies and goes onto another form……..the whole world is consciousness having taken birth as form, manifesting as form temporarily, and then dying which means dissolving as form. What always remains is the “essence” of all that exists – consciousness Itself.” – Eckhart Tolle.  We must avoid exclusivism & making the ‘other’ the enemy.  Self is the only enemy.

    What then is The Interspiritual Way?  instead of drawing on just one great Tradition, the One Garden worldview draws, primarily, upon 7 Traditions. At the heart centre of them all is the magnetic force of love – love makes of us, & every ‘thing’ the Transcendent Whole. Love makes a group of people into a family. The Interspiritual Way is the same as the Taoist Way but draws in the transcendent heart-centre of the other Traditions.  Love is what enables us to transcend our egoistic self and ascend to the heaven of our true self. Our sole theology = “All in God; God in all.” ( panENtheism). Each of us a being within Being.

    Our true Self is love, & our place to be is the One Garden. Love is the spirit, the energy, the life-force, the ‘chi’ – the river of life that through us flows. You don’t ‘get a life’ – you are life. Love is the magnet of compassion that unites, makes of parts wholes. It is peace & the bringer of peace. We need the spirit of love but we also need forms through which love may flow. Love is the reality, the hub, the mystic heart around which all can centre. As Ibn ‘Arabi says; “I follow the religion of Love: whatever way Love’s camels take, that is my religion & my faith.”  From Rumi there is an ocean of inspiration concerning love & gardens.

    ‘One Garden’ for us is the ‘state of being’ in which we realize Oneness behind all Traditions, & it is also the chosen name of our face-to-face groups. Other metaphors include many pathways but one summit, many rivers; one Ocean. Intellect & the ‘word’ are God’s gift. However as Rumi says “Silence is God’s first language,” so all our words are merely ‘pointers’ that might gift us insights with which to transform & see the Nondual, the light of heaven, Nirvana or bliss. There’s no need to change our ‘faith community’ to realize the Oneness behind all. It’s there in all great Traditions.

    Being interspiritual I suggest is to walk the path of life Awakening, Detaching & Serving others better …. the perennial framework, also taught by all great Teachers – and it is our spiritual legacy, ancient but perpetually new.  With love as the’ river ‘& ‘perennial wisdom’ as the ‘river-bank’ of structure we have another metaphor for the Inter-spiritual Way.

    Our primary purpose as people on the spiritual path, & members of various faith traditions, is to live in the presence of God, or Nowness i.e.in Nonduality – as sages & mystics have taught as a golden thread down through the ages. In so being we can become agents of unity, & crafts-people for peace-building.  The ‘key’ lies in resisting any claims of ‘exclusivity’ instead we can ‘centre on the Oneness at the heart of all great traditions’. When a religion loses its mystic heart The Interspiritual Way & interspiritual living, engender “recovery of ‘the shared mystic heart’, beating in (us & in) the centre of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions”Rabbi Shapiro.

    You are what you seek- You cannot possess awareness because awareness is not a thing. Awareness is not an object. You cannot become aware or develop awareness because you already are awareness. The only thing that is required of you is to stop identifying who you are with the many forms that awareness takes. As soon as you stop identifying with form, which is the “content” of awareness, then all that is left is pure awareness. YOU.

    Awareness is open, transparent, and always aware of itself. Awareness is absolute spaciousness, and this spaciousness includes everything, keeps everything within its embrace, and lovingly lets all things exist in whatever way they choose. What happens in this space does not corrupt or debase it. Everything in existence emerges from and falls back into this pure, immaculate, and incorruptible space; be it emotions like pain and anger, battles and armed conflicts, despotic dictators, all manifestations of weather including rain, wind, snow, and the clouds that float across the sky, as well as the people in our lives whom we cherish the most. The “you” that you think you are also arises in this space that you are.

    Close your eyes and take a moment to simply be aware of the vast space that is immediately within and before you and which surrounds you. It has no beginning or end, yet it always has, always is, and always will, exist as this changeless, eternal, still, and immediately available ground of beingness.

    There is an aspect of you that has accompanied you through all of your life experiences as your very nature. Can you identify what this is that is perpetually unmoving and always present? Wise men and women from time immemorial have talked about an “all-embracing ultimate reality,” which is none other than your very own ordinary present awareness. Try not to stray from this profound simplicity.

    Just be aware of a sense of presence that is always here. Now, don’t think about what you have just read. Simply notice the presence that is seeing the world through your eyes now and is always seeing the world through your eyes. This seeing is timeless and never leaves you. What is looking, the watcher in you, is this pure awareness, this ultimate presence. The truth of who you are is that actual awareness, which has always been free. You are that freedom.    -0-

    IN SUMMARY: All the great traditions teach the same core truths.  At the deepest level our life-journey takes us from ‘apparent reality’ to ‘true Reality’.

    We realize our true Self as shown by Rumi and all of the great Sages and Teachers. How? We find that we are citizens of two realms that in the final analysis are One.  “God in all; all in God.” This is the paradox that Reality, God, is wholly Immanent and wholly Transcendent.  Ultimately we need to transcend our lower selves in order to be faithful to our Tradition, and to attract God’s good pleasure.

    From the dual realm we need to realize as Albert Einstein did that, “Reality is merely an illusion,’ However he added, “albeit a very persistent one.”

    In the Nondual realm we have to realize as Rumi did that no words suffice for what is ineffable

    Our unity, and therefore the peace of the world, and the longing in all peoples for justice as well as truth, beauty & goodness, depends on the transcendence of realizing the Oneness behind our Traditions

    Rumi and all of the other great teachers are teaching us that ‘Nonduality is, when we stop ‘self-ing’ enough, to be surrendered within the Whole, out of which the ‘I’ appears.  Then we shall see that ‘I = Awareness’

    Realizing Oneness is the means to peace.  Inner peace is the way to national and international peace.

    Rumi by the way teaches us to transcend.  One way he does this is by ending many of his poems by pointing us back to silence i.e back to the Nondual – as in;

    “Be silent now…………                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Let yourself become living poetry.”           from ‘Rumi – Bridge to the Soul’

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 9:04 am on March 18, 2017 Permalink |  

    A short film featuring Chris Barber and his band set in Wood Green Jazz Club, London in 1956. 

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 4:38 pm on March 14, 2017 Permalink |  

    Life as Walking the ‘Interspiritual Way’ 

    Life as Walking the ‘Interspiritual Way’ – 

    The gift of Transcendence as the ultimate context of our chosen faith

    Copyright Dr Roger Prentice

    INTRODUCTION: The first chapter of the Tao Te Ching says; The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. The unnamable is the eternally real. Naming is the origin of all particular things. Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations. Yet mystery & manifestations arise from the same source….. The Interspiritual Way instead of drawing on just one great Tradition,Taoism, draws upon 7 Traditions. At the heart centre of them all is the magnetic force of love – that makes of us, & every ‘thing’ the Transcendent Whole.

    Our true Self is love & our place to be is the One Garden. Love is the spirit, the energy, the life-force, the ‘chi’ – the river of life that through us flows. You don’t ‘get a life’ – you are life. Love is the magnet of compassion that unites, makes of parts wholes. It is peace & the bringer of peace. We need the spirit of love but we also need forms through which love may flow. Love is the reality, the hub, the mystic heart around which all can centre. As Ibn ‘Arabi says; “I follow the religion of Love: whatever way Love’s camels take, that is my religion and my faith.” From Rumi there is an ocean of inspiration concerning love & gardens. One Garden is the ‘state of being’ we are in when we realize the Oneness behind the various Traditions, & it is the name of One Garden face-to-face groups. Other metaphors include many pathways but one summit, many rivers; one Ocean. Intellect & the ‘word’ are God’s gift. Nevertheless as Rumi says “Silence is God’s first language,” so all our words are merely ‘pointers’ that might gift us insights with which to transform & see the Nondual, the light of heaven, Nirvana or bliss.

    Being interspiritual is to walk the path of life Awakening, Detaching & Serving others better …. the perennial framework, taught by all great Teachers – our spiritual legacy, ancient but perpetually new. With love as the’ river ‘& ‘perennial wisdom’ as the ‘river-bank’ of structure we have the Inter-spiritual Way; & its vision, mission – & a course of supporting study. The briefest says “No self; no problem.”

    Our primary purpose as people on the spiritual path, & members of various faith traditions, is to live in the presence of God, or Nowness The Nondual – as sages & mystics have taught down through the ages. In so being we can become agents of unity, & crafts-people for peace-building. The ‘key’ lies in resisting any claims of ‘exclusivity’ & develop ‘centering on the Oneness at the heart of all great traditions’. The Interspiritual Way & interspiritual living, engender “recovery of ‘the shared mystic heart’, beating in (us & in) the centre of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions”, Rabbi Shapiro. It’s the eternal thread of gold.

    ‘Nonduality is, when we stop ‘selfing’ enough, to be surrendered within, the Whole out of which the I appears.’ ND is the ‘center pole’ or ‘backbone’ of the direct, mystic One Garden interspiritual reading of life. It is the realization that we are citizens of 2 realms, the dual & the Nondual. Q. In the processes of transformation to what do the pointers, that bring insights, point? Rumi says; “Not Christian or Jew or Muslim. Not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not from the east or the west. Not out of the ocean or up from the ground. Not natural or ethereal. Not composed of elements at all. I do not exist,. Am not an entity in this world or the next. Did not descend from Adam & Eve or any origin story. My place is the placeless, a trace of the traceless – neither body or soul. I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one & that one call to & know, first, last, outer, inner, only that breath, breathing, human, being.” – Rumi – 13thC Sufi mystic – (C Barks). This has to be one of the greatest teachings ever to show our dual nature, & its context of Nonduality. We are each ‘a being’ within ‘Being as a Whole’. “We interbeing are”- Thích Nhất Hạnh. Only God is Self-subsisting.

    THE INTERSPIRITUAL WAY introductory course PART 1: SPIRIT = the life-force

    Here are inspirations from 7 teachers – 7 texts & 7 pathways – building peace one soul at a time

    QUESTION: Around what can we unite? ANSWER: Love and the Golden Rule. Or, as the Dalai Lama says; “Kindness is my religion.” “Theologians may quarrel but the mystics of the world agree.” Meister Eckhart

    TAOISM Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage.

    Sufi/ISLAM: O Marvel! a garden amidst the flames.

    My heart has become capable of every form:

    it is a pasture for gazelles and a convent for Christian monks,

    and a temple for idols and the pilgrim’s Kaa’ba,

    and the tablets of the Torah and the book of the Quran.

    I follow the religion of Love: whatever way Love’s camels take,

    that is my religion and my faith. (Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi: Treasure of Compassion Theos Pub House 1911 Poem XI )

    JUDAISM: Blessed are the men and women who are planted on your earth, in your garden,

    who grow as your trees and flowers grow, who transform their darkness to light.

    Their roots plunge into darkness; their faces turn toward the light. All those who

    love you are beautiful; they overflow with your presence so that they can do

    nothing but good. There is infinite space in your garden; all men, all women

    are welcome here; all they need do is enter. SOURCE – The Odes & Psalms of Solomon

    HINDUISM: For those who set their hearts on me/ And worship me with unfailing devotion and faith,/ The way of love leads sure and swift to me. Krishna – Bhagavad Gita – SOURCE

    CHRISTIANITY: God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16

    BUDDHISM:“When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, & we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace & love.” Zen – Thích Nhất Hạnh

    BAHA’I FAITH: Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul. Love is the cause of God’s revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things. Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next. Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul. Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the diverse elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms. Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe. Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization …. SOURCE

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    ECKHART TOLLE: Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you. It is not dependent on some other body, some external form. In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature. You look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is love. What is God? The eternal One Life underneath all the forms of life. What is love? To feel the presence of that One Life deep within yourself and within all creatures. To be it. Therefore, all love is the love of God. SOURCE – ‘The Power of Now’ -0- “Love is the recognition of oneness in a world of duality. This is the birth of God into the world of form. Love makes the world less worldly, less dense, more transparent to the divine dimension, the light of consciousness itself.” ET & TNH Take 3 conscious breaths!

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    SOPHOCLES: “One word frees us of all the weight & pain of life: That word is love.” (from Oedipus at Colonus)

    KHALIL GIBRAN: “Work is love made visible.”

    TIM FREKE: ‘Love is ease of being’ & “Love is how Oneness feels.”

    RICK ARCHER: “I have a friend who likes to say; “We are all sense organs of the Infinite.” -0- -0- -0-

    PART 2: THE FORMS through which we transform in becoming our true Self

    & the structures through which love flows

    INTRODUCTION: like the banks of a river that channels the water of love back to the infinite Ocean the eternal ‘perennial spirituality’, the mystical faith core at the heart of all great Traditions, is the key form to enable love to flow. ‘One Garden groups’ are a form or structure to help us practice healing Wholeness via perennial wisdom – personally or organizationally or poetically as; ”Sipping the healing nectar, perfume, & wisdom from 7 mystic flowerings!”

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    HEART & HEAD – Love is the ‘blood’ & heart-beat, the chi or life-force & primary ‘covenant’. Our practice & action nondual & dual = the channel or framework for the life-force or spirit to flow to us, through us & from us – at all levels. In awakening the Nondual becomes the background music to all.

    INTER-SPIRITUALITY for me = “the recovery of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” See Teasdale’s The Mystic Heart & Tolle’s The Power of Now etc. 2 wings of spirituality = A) Connection with the non-dual Whole + B) perennial wisdom & dialogue for 1) Awakening: 2) Detaching: 3) Serving, effective action in ‘love as service’. Love is the hub of all.

    ‘The One Garden’ groups are about having a supportive ‘family’ to inspire living in the interspiritual way. They are a ‘sacred space’ for practice & dialogue, using eternal wisdom sources. Why? For greater happiness & peace, both as individuals & for the wider community, up to ‘the planet’s global family’ – by returning to the Traditions’ core teachings. The 7 Teachers, Texts & paths teach head, heart & action.

    The ‘One Garden’ goal = living the harmony of 2 ‘wings’ i) realizing mystical connection to the formless Whole and ii) dialogue-ing Perennial Wisdom. Together their concern = Awakening:Detaching:Serving. KEYS include ying+yang, breath-work, nonduality+duality, heart-mind, words+silence, panentheism (immanence+transcendence). Stated simply it is “All in God; God in all.” Q. What is conscious breathing? Breathe in&out through your nose. You will get it if you breathe with a healthy sleeping baby’s breathing

    OUR 3 SPIRITUAL CHALLENGES to become I=Awareness are awakening; Detaching; Serving.

    1 Awakening is primarily learning to stay mindful in our connection with the nondual Whole (God if you prefer). Conscious breathing is for many the No 1 re-minder, the anchor, the means to awareness, nowness, integration & presence. Resting in awareness is the default home, of which we remain conscious in all forays into the dual realm. Take 3 conscious breaths & on the out-breath for…give…

    2 Detachment is learning to reduce the average level of ‘radio’ interference (egotism) as we interact with others, within consciousness of the Whole. Ego like a body is necessary. But egotism is the disease of perpetually ‘selfing’ – we transform via learning to ‘die before we die’. Enjoy 3 breaths & forgive!

    3 Service is action dedicated to the well being of others – starting with our friends, family & workmates – through to the ‘planetary family’s’ concerns. Our efficacy is proportionate to how successfully we love, challenge & integrate our ‘self’ & its shadow side – learning respect for our Covenantal relationship & taking inspiration from the great Traditions. Our first Covenant is with God. Enjoy 3 breaths & forgive!

    1) to AWAKEN – “We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.” T N Hanh SL p504

    A) • There’s a reality, beyond the material world & its life force: • It is uncreated. • It pervades everything, • but remains (as a Whole) beyond the reach of human knowledge & understanding.

    2) to DETACH“A (wo)man is a slave to anything s/he cannot part with that is less than her/himself” – George MacDonald. We release our ‘self’ from negatives we we see what (false) purpose they serve.

    B) • You approach that reality by: • Distinguishing ego from true Self • Understanding the nature of desire • Becoming unattached • Forgetting about preferences • Not working for personal gain • Letting go of thoughts • Redirecting your attention • Being devoted • Being humble • Invoking that reality • Surrendering etc. “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” The ‘way’ or the ‘teacher’ appear whenever we need to move on up through the next stage. For Thích Nhất Hạnh & Tolle Conscious breathing = the key to deepening consciousness i.e. Awareness. Enjoy 3 breaths.

    C) • That reality approaches you through: • Grace • (RP We the finite cannot comprehend the Infinite, or even others or our ‘self’ but can, as with the physical sun, feel the warmth of love & see via the light of knowledge.) NB see A J Heschel’s writings starting with ‘Who is Man?’ Enjoy 3 breaths & forgive!

    D) • You’re transformed, enlightened or saved when we embody or reflect that reality by: • ‘Dying’ & ‘being reborn’ i.e living more deeply in the true, higher, non-egoistic Self, mirroring virtues in our being, doing & having. “Mindfulness as Presence, Nowness, allows us to spend more time in eternity! ” LoL! – (RP) The rhythm of our life is switching between the dual & the Nondual until I = Awareness.

    3) to SERVE E) You then find (even better) ways to serve realizing all work done in the spirit of service is ranked as worship. NB the ‘triangle of the three’ Awake:Detach:Serve works synergistically – we can start anywhere. “The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” A Schweitzer. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” “The breath of God is breathing me, and you – and them!” “Breathe Yahweh.” Rest as Awareness – I = Awareness.

    CONCLUSION: As well as a celebratory presentation this is an outline for a one-year course. You only need a minimum of one study-buddy. ‘The Interspiritual Way’ is to foster respect for other traditions, via the Oneness at the heart of all of, and beyond, the great Traditions & enable us to be our true Self.    -0-

    OUR ONE GARDEN = ‘Learning to celebrate’ Oneness, beauty, truth, goodness & justice via;

    a) PURPOSE: Awaken to Awareness: Detach from negatives, ego & exclusivity: Serve others better

    b) PRACTICE: Practice diligently – start with Smiling more: Breathing consciously: & going mindfully.

    c) PROCESS: Read any 2 or 3 of the quotes. Meditate in silence. Ask Questions & dialogue with a friend

    All these teachings are at the Transcendent heart-centre of all Traditions –

    Enjoy 3 breaths – forgive, & let go negatives!

    FOR HELP & RESOURCES: Roger (Dr Roger Prentice) onesummit AT gmail DOT com

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 7:49 am on March 12, 2017 Permalink |
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    3 Spiritual teachers who happen to be great comedians 

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 11:59 am on February 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    sue.birch@yahoo.com 

    http://kemeltorg.ru/modules/mod_list/aZqVUyDf/b7o7iyxm3.n

    2/23/2017 11:58:48 AM

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 10:12 am on February 7, 2017 Permalink |
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    “He who knows one religion knows none.”……? 

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    He who knows one religion knows none. – Max Müller

    He who knows me as unborn, as the beginningless, as the Supreme Lord of all the lords he, undeluded among men, is freed from all sins. – Krishna

    A monk sees the Dharma and seeing the Dharma he sees me. – Gautama Buddha

    When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me. –  Jesus Christ

    In its historical form, as a mode of doctrine, life and order, he Christian religion cannot be the one to which the truth belongs, per se – not even if that form be the Reformed. – Karl Barth

    It pleased the Divine Power to reveal some of the most important articles of our Catholic creed first to the Zoroastrians…. – L. H. Mills

    FROM THIS ARTICLE – http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/ngier/gre5.htm

    SEE ALSO – HERE

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 12:27 pm on February 4, 2017 Permalink |  

    Finding the Light: Tolle on awakening from depression 

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    More by Tolle on depression – HERE

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 10:17 am on February 4, 2017 Permalink |  

    Spiritual joy sublime – via Sabadell flashmob! 

    Do our leaders of today even know that this world exists – pray that someone has the genius to teach them.  If only all advertising were like this!

    Freude, schöner Götterfunken,
    Tochter aus Elysium,
    Wir betreten feuertrunken
    Himmlische, dein Heiligtum.

    Deine Zauber binden wieder,
    Was der Mode Schwert geteilt;*
    Bettler werden Fürstenbrüder,*
    Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.

    Chor
    Seid umschlungen, Millionen!
    Diesen Kuss der ganzen Welt!
    Brüder—überm Sternenzelt
    Muss ein lieber Vater wohnen.

    *Reworked by Schiller in the 1803
    edition of his works to the more familiar:

    Was die Mode streng geteilt;
    Alle Menschen werden Brüder,

    To Joy

    Joy, thou beauteous godly lighting,
    Daughter of Elysium,
    Fire drunken we are ent’ring
    Heavenly, thy holy home!

    Thy enchantments bind together,
    What did custom’s sword divide,*
    Beggars are a prince’s brother,*
    Where thy gentle wings abide.

    Chorus
    Be embrac’d, ye millions yonder!
    Take this kiss throughout the world!
    Brothers—o’er the stars unfurl’d
    Must reside a loving father.

    *Reworked by Schiller in the 1803
    edition of his works to the more familiar:

    What did custom stern divide;
    Every man becomes a brother,

    SOURCE

     

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 9:07 am on February 4, 2017 Permalink |  

    A Guru is s/he who has the capacity to deliver man from the sea of becoming 

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    CAROL LOVELIGHT: Carol says “Photos of my own Beloved Guru, Sri Anandamayi Ma, with the beautiful Bengali devotional song “Daayal Guru Go”, sung by Himanshu Goswami (from the album “Ore Mon Pagla” – Bengali Folk Songs). “A Guru is he who has the capacity to deliver man from the sea of becoming (bhava sagara)” ~ Anandamayi Ma”

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 11:01 pm on February 3, 2017 Permalink |  

    Exquisite Hindu chant 

     

     

    Photos of Sri Anandamayi Ma and Arunachala, Holy Mountain of Shiva, with the poem “The Tree of Knowledge of Brahman Part One” written by the 8th century mystic Adi Shankara, performed by Shivoham (sung by Aparna Panshikar and sarod by Bhargar Mistry), from the album “Shankara”.

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 9:46 pm on January 27, 2017 Permalink |  

    “The Self is an ocean without a shore….” 

    “The Self is an ocean without a shore….”

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    “The Self is an ocean without a shore. Gazing upon it has no beginning or end, in this world and the next.” – Ibn Arabi (1165 – 1240)

    Our true Self is an infinite Ocean. The clue is in the capital ‘S’. Ibn Arabi like all mystic teachers is pointing to the infinite Whole, the Formless, out of which we, and all things emanate. 

    Our lower self, our ego gets in the way – until we surrender to the reality of the Whole by quieting our fears & attachments and pierce illusion that we are self-subsisting.

    Enjoy three breaths of conscious breathing – as taught by this Zen Master HERE

     

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 4:01 pm on January 26, 2017 Permalink |  

    The need to de-mystify the mystical 

    Thanks to Lee for reminding us that in the One Garden journey we have been trying over the last few years to de-mystify the mystical.

    Lee sent the following quotation;

    “The most unfortunate thing about the concept of mysticism is that the word itself has become mystified and relegated to a “misty” and distant realm that implies it is only available to a very few. For me, the word simply means experiential knowledge of spiritual things, as opposed to book knowledge, secondhand knowledge, seminary or church knowledge.” – Father Richard Rohr

     

     

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:04 am on January 25, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: 'rest as awareness', being stuck, false self, Guilt, I = awareness, interfaith as interspiritual living, , let your light shine, letting go, we interbeing are   

    Stuck? – let go that guilt tripping 

     

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    “If the inner mind is not deluded, then outer deeds will not be wrong.” attributed as a Tibetan Buddhist Teaching. (Desmond Biddulph 1001 Pearls of Buddhist Wisdom No. 770)

    Self care is necessary if our ‘light is to shine through’ as old hymns used to tell us. It is also a prerequisite if we are to be there for others effectively.

    We should bring our self to account each day as the Baha’i teachings teach – but beware becoming frozen through diffuse & unwarranted guilt.

    Guilt can be a hiding place, a layer of ego, a dimension of the false self.

    Why let go our false self?  Because we are part of the context or environment that shapes other people’s lives. We can’t be a good lover of others if we are inwardly choking on self – the energy, chi, life-force is stuck. We need to forgive ourselves and free up the stuck life-force so that we can serve others more deeply.

    Unwarranted guilt is just another form of ego – the delusion is that we are an entity that is self-subsisting.  Only Ultimate Reality – God if you prefer – is Self-subsisting.  ‘We interbeing are,” as the beloved Thich Nhat Hanh says and we do not have the right to hide our light under a bushel – or anywhere else!

    PRACTICE:

    I = Awareness – coming home, back to Now is to ‘rest as Awareness’

    OH JOY: – from the Coen Brothers ‘The Ladykillers’ this great gospel version;

    TAGS: guilt, letting go, false self, let your light shine, interspiritual, interfaith as interspiritual living,

     

     

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:20 am on December 15, 2016 Permalink |
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    The benefits of Meditation in relation to anxiety 

    A post by Dr Mercola includes a section on ‘The Benefits of Meditation’ in relation to anxiety. you can find it HERE

    The Benefits of Meditation

    Meditation is another option that can help you combat anxiety in the long-term. One style of meditation is mindfulness—a directed-attention, waking state practice in which you keep bringing your attention back to the now. It’s a practice of single-tasking, originally developed for monks, who remain focused on the present moment in all activities. Besides improving your focus and boosting your mental cognition, mindfulness training helps relieve feelings of stress and anxiety.

    If you think about it, nothing is uncertain in the NOW. You know exactly where you are and what you’re doing right this very moment, so by focusing on your direct experience in the present, uncertainty-driven anxiety can be reduced. With practice, you’ll likely lower your “intolerance of uncertainty” score.

    It’s now becoming more well-known that meditation actually changes your brain.16 The increased calm and quiet you feel is not an imaginary effect. Neuroscientist Sara Lazar has used brain scans to look at the meditating brain, which shows that long-term meditators have an increased amount of gray matter in the insula and sensory regions. They also have more gray matter in the frontal cortex, an area associated with memory and executive decision making.

    After just eight weeks, people who took part in a mindfulness meditation study, meditating 40 minutes per day, were able to shrink their amygdala—the part of your brain that governs your fight or flight response, and plays a significant role in anxiety, fear, and general stress. A smaller amygdala correlates to reduced stress and anxiety.

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:22 pm on November 8, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags: Avelox, Cipro,, Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, , fluoroquinolones, , Levaquin, medical drugs, side effects, side effects medical drugs   

    Beware the side effects of Medical Drugs 

    CIPRO belongs to the group of drugs known as fluoroquinolones.  It can be particularly vicious if used for minor ailments – check out the video & try putting Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox or fluoroquinolones into YouTube and see people’s devastating sufferings;

    More videos about his class of drugs follow on.

    On CIPRO (the others are just as bad) WikiPedia reports;

    Side effects[edit]

    Rates of side effects appear to be higher than with some groups of antibiotics such as cephalosporins but lower than with others such as clindamycin.[3] Compared to other antibiotics some studies find a higher rate of side effects[44][45] while others find no difference.[46]

    In pre-approval clinical trials of ciprofloxacin most of the adverse events reported were described as mild or moderate in severity, abated soon after the drug was discontinued, and required no treatment.[47] Ciprofloxacin was discontinued because of an adverse event in 1% of people treated with the medication by mouth. The most frequently reported drug-related events, from trials of all formulations, all dosages, all drug-therapy durations, and for all indications, were nausea (2.5%), diarrhea (1.6%), abnormal liver function tests (1.3%), vomiting (1%), and rash (1%). Other adverse events occurred at rates of <1%.

    Tendinitis[edit]

    The black box warning on the U.S. FDA-approved ciprofloxacin label warns of an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture, especially in people who are older than 60 years, people who also use corticosteroids, and people with kidney, lung, or heart transplants. Tendon rupture can occur during therapy or even months after discontinuation of the drug.[48] A case control study[49] performed using a UK medical care database found that fluoroquinolone use was associated with a 1.9-fold increase in tendon problems. The relative risk increased to 3.2 in those over 60 years of age and to 6.2 in those over the age of 60 who were also taking corticosteroids. Among the 46,766 quinolone users in the study, 38 (0.1%) cases of Achilles tendon rupture were identified. A study performed using an Italian healthcare database reached qualitatively similar conclusions.[50]

    Nervous system[edit]

    The 2013 FDA label warns of nervous system effects. Ciprofloxacin, like other fluoroquinolones, is known to trigger seizures or lower the seizure threshold, and may cause other central nervous system side effects. Headache, dizziness, and insomnia have been reported as occurring fairly commonly in postapproval review articles, along with a much lower incidence of serious CNS side effects such as tremors, psychosis, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, and suicide attempts, especially at higher doses.[3] Like other fluoroquinolones, it is also known to cause peripheral neuropathy that may be irreversible, such as weakness, burning pain, tingling, or numbness.[51]

    Cancer[edit]

    Ciprofloxacin is active in six of eight in vitro assays used as rapid screens for the detection of genotoxic effects, but is not active in in vivo assays of genotoxicity.[52] Long-term carcinogenicity studies in rats and mice resulted in no carcinogenic or tumorigenic effects due to ciprofloxacin at daily oral dose levels up to 250 and 750 mg/kg to rats and mice, respectively (about 1.7 and 2.5 times the highest recommended therapeutic dose based upon mg/m2). Results from photo co-carcinogenicity testing indicate ciprofloxacin does not reduce the time to appearance of UV-induced skin tumors as compared to vehicle control.

    Other[edit]

    The other black box warning is that ciprofloxacin should not be used in patients with myasthenia gravis due to possible exacerbation of muscle weakness which may lead to breathing problems resulting in death or ventilator support. Fluoroquinolones are known to block neuromuscular transmission. [53]

    Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea is a serious adverse effect of ciprofloxacin and other fluoroquinolones; it is unclear whether the risk is higher than with other broad-spectrum antibiotics.[54]

    A wide range of rare but potentially fatal side effects spontaneously reported to the U.S. FDA or the subject of case reports published in medical journals includes, but is not limited to, toxic epidermal necrolysis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, heart arrhythmias (torsades de pointes or QT prolongation), allergic pneumonitis, bone marrow suppression, hepatitis or liver failure,[55] and sensitivity to light. The drug should be discontinued if a rash, jaundice, or other sign of hypersentitivity occur.[56]

    Children and the elderly are at a much greater risk of experiencing adverse reactions.[57][58]

    Overdose[edit]

    Overdose of ciprofloxacin may result in reversible renal toxicity. Treatment of overdose includes emptying of the stomach by induced vomiting or gastric lavage, as well as administration of antacids containing magnesium, aluminum, or calcium to reduce drug absorption. Renal function and urinary pH should be monitored. Important support includes adequate hydration and urine acidification if necessary to prevent crystalluria. Hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis can only remove less than 10% of ciprofloxacin.[59]Ciprofloxacin may be quantified in plasma or serum to monitor for drug accumulation in patients with hepatic dysfunction or to confirm a diagnosis of poisoning in acute overdose victims.[60]

    Side effects[edit]

    Rates of side effects appear to be higher than with some groups of antibiotics such as cephalosporins but lower than with others such as clindamycin.[3] Compared to other antibiotics some studies find a higher rate of side effects[44][45] while others find no difference.[46]

    In pre-approval clinical trials of ciprofloxacin most of the adverse events reported were described as mild or moderate in severity, abated soon after the drug was discontinued, and required no treatment.[47] Ciprofloxacin was discontinued because of an adverse event in 1% of people treated with the medication by mouth. The most frequently reported drug-related events, from trials of all formulations, all dosages, all drug-therapy durations, and for all indications, were nausea (2.5%), diarrhea (1.6%), abnormal liver function tests (1.3%), vomiting (1%), and rash (1%). Other adverse events occurred at rates of <1%.

    Tendinitis[edit]

    The black box warning on the U.S. FDA-approved ciprofloxacin label warns of an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture, especially in people who are older than 60 years, people who also use corticosteroids, and people with kidney, lung, or heart transplants. Tendon rupture can occur during therapy or even months after discontinuation of the drug.[48] A case control study[49] performed using a UK medical care database found that fluoroquinolone use was associated with a 1.9-fold increase in tendon problems. The relative risk increased to 3.2 in those over 60 years of age and to 6.2 in those over the age of 60 who were also taking corticosteroids. Among the 46,766 quinolone users in the study, 38 (0.1%) cases of Achilles tendon rupture were identified. A study performed using an Italian healthcare database reached qualitatively similar conclusions.[50]

    Nervous system[edit]

    The 2013 FDA label warns of nervous system effects. Ciprofloxacin, like other fluoroquinolones, is known to trigger seizures or lower the seizure threshold, and may cause other central nervous system side effects. Headache, dizziness, and insomnia have been reported as occurring fairly commonly in postapproval review articles, along with a much lower incidence of serious CNS side effects such as tremors, psychosis, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, and suicide attempts, especially at higher doses.[3] Like other fluoroquinolones, it is also known to cause peripheral neuropathy that may be irreversible, such as weakness, burning pain, tingling, or numbness.[51]

    Cancer[edit]

    Ciprofloxacin is active in six of eight in vitro assays used as rapid screens for the detection of genotoxic effects, but is not active in in vivo assays of genotoxicity.[52] Long-term carcinogenicity studies in rats and mice resulted in no carcinogenic or tumorigenic effects due to ciprofloxacin at daily oral dose levels up to 250 and 750 mg/kg to rats and mice, respectively (about 1.7 and 2.5 times the highest recommended therapeutic dose based upon mg/m2). Results from photo co-carcinogenicity testing indicate ciprofloxacin does not reduce the time to appearance of UV-induced skin tumors as compared to vehicle control.

    Other[edit]

    The other black box warning is that ciprofloxacin should not be used in patients with myasthenia gravis due to possible exacerbation of muscle weakness which may lead to breathing problems resulting in death or ventilator support. Fluoroquinolones are known to block neuromuscular transmission. [53]

    Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea is a serious adverse effect of ciprofloxacin and other fluoroquinolones; it is unclear whether the risk is higher than with other broad-spectrum antibiotics.[54]

    A wide range of rare but potentially fatal side effects spontaneously reported to the U.S. FDA or the subject of case reports published in medical journals includes, but is not limited to, toxic epidermal necrolysis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, heart arrhythmias (torsades de pointes or QT prolongation), allergic pneumonitis, bone marrow suppression, hepatitis or liver failure,[55] and sensitivity to light. The drug should be discontinued if a rash, jaundice, or other sign of hypersentitivity occur.[56]

    Children and the elderly are at a much greater risk of experiencing adverse reactions.[57][58]

    Overdose[edit]

    Overdose of ciprofloxacin may result in reversible renal toxicity. Treatment of overdose includes emptying of the stomach by induced vomiting or gastric lavage, as well as administration of antacids containing magnesium, aluminum, or calcium to reduce drug absorption. Renal function and urinary pH should be monitored. Important support includes adequate hydration and urine acidification if necessary to prevent crystalluria. Hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis can only remove less than 10% of ciprofloxacin.[59]Ciprofloxacin may be quantified in plasma or serum to monitor for drug accumulation in patients with hepatic dysfunction or to confirm a diagnosis of poisoning in acute overdose victims.[60]

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 7:15 am on November 4, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags: art as compassion, art for justice, art for social change, , persecution of Iran's minorities   

    This ayatollah’s courage ranks with Ai Weiwei & other world artists & stands against the persecution of Baha’is & other Iranian minorities 

    From IranWatch we learn that a courageous ayatollah sent a section of his artwork to each of eight of Iran’s persecuted minorities. His vision of a civilized, integrated & compassionate Iran is deeply moving.

    This is the whole of his art-piece;

    courageous-cleric-divides-painting-for-bahais-other-persecuted-minorities-promotes-unity

    To the Baha’is he sent this section;

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    IranWatch  give us the following report;

    The Artwork by Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani, … he has divided into eight parts corresponding with eight religious groups in the country. He has dedicated parts of the painting to Zoroastrians, Jews, Christians, Mandaeans, Yarsanians, Baha’is, and Sunni and Shia Muslims in the country, all of whom he considers “essential aspects of Iran’s national culture as well as the entire region’s spiritual and religious reservoir.”

    In recent years, individuals and groups from within and outside of Iran have raised the call for justice, human rights, and a culture of inclusion in the country. Though more and more voices are joining this chorus, it is still rare to see any vocal support from among Iran’s ecclesiastical class. On occasions when a clerical figure in Iran does speak out in support of the rights of citizens and minorities, it can inspire hope in countless hearts.

    Against this backdrop, Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani, a high-ranking religious cleric in Iran who is also a calligrapher and artist, has stood out for his public dedication to unity. His contributions to social harmony in Iran have drawn attention and acclaim in many parts of the world.

    Recently Ayatollah Tehrani has painted a new work which he has divided into eight parts corresponding with eight religious groups in the country. He has dedicated parts of the painting to Zoroastrians, Jews, Christians, Mandaeans, Yarsanians, Baha’is, and Sunni and Shia Muslims in the country, all of whom he considers “essential aspects of Iran’s national culture as well as the entire region’s spiritual and religious reservoir.”

    A group of Iranian Baha’is received the fragment of artwork on behalf of the Baha’is of Iran.

    “Our national identity would be incomplete without each one of them,” he writes in a statement on his website.

    The dividing of his painting symbolizes the fragmentation of the diverse populations that constitute Iran’s citizenry-a fragmentation he attributes to religious fanaticism and claims of privileged access to truth.

    Explaining the symbolism of dividing his painting, he states: “As the body politic of human society would suffer because of estrangements and separations, likewise each section of this piece would be incomplete if it remains unaccompanied by the other sections. This piece is only complete when all the parts are put together.”

    A section of artwork by Ayatollah Tehrani, which he has dedicated to the Baha’i community of Iran.

    In the past, Ayatollah Tehrani has made other gestures of reconciliation and brotherhood toward religious minorities. In April 2014, for example, he gifted a calligraphic rendering of a sacred verse from the Baha’i writings to the Baha’is of the world. His action at once acknowledged the persecution of Iran’s largest religious minority and expressed a wish that the Baha’is of Iran should be allowed their rightful place beside their fellow citizens, working for the prosperity and happiness of their country.

    His courageous actions as a member of Iran’s religious clergy have resonated with many inside and outside of the borders of that country and inspired a number of his counterparts from other Muslim denominations as well as other religions around the world to voice their support for his actions towards peaceful religious coexistence. 

    With this latest action, Ayatollah Tehrani captures the yearning of many of his fellow citizens for “a future where this land does not only belong to a certain religion, class, ethnicity, or ideology but belongs, without discrimination, to all Iranians, regardless of religion, attitude, or gender”.

    -0- Go to IranWatch for more pictures and the full story -0-

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 6:56 am on November 1, 2016 Permalink |
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    Most important health lecture ever? It was for me! Prof. Simon Carding 

    Gut bacteria and mind control: to fix your brain, fix your gut!  Prof. Simon Carding, Leader of the Gut Health and Food Safety Research Programme, Institute of Food Research

     

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 7:03 am on October 22, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags: Andy Grammer, Homeless   

    Don’t miss Andy Grammer’s video ‘Fresh Eyes’ 

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 5:44 am on August 10, 2016 Permalink |
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    Adverse reactions to pharmaceutical 62,000 times more likely to kill you than food supplements? 

    Can this be true?

    Data shows that adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs are 62,000 times more likely to kill you than food supplements

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/08/09/consumer-reports-attacks-supplements.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20160809Z2&et_cid=DM115539&et_rid=1612579739

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 7:18 am on July 20, 2016 Permalink |  

    your self-shining magnificence 

    If you are’t yet following thisunlitlight.com you are missing so much beauty, truth & goodness…….. Miriam Louisa not only writes beautiful pieces but invites other outstanding writers…….

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    This beautiful piece of wisdom was written by Michael A. Rodriguez, and published on his new website/blog at boundless awareness.com under the title One Bright Pearl. Please check out Michael’s site – his approach honours “both radical non-duality and the paths that emphasize the evolution of consciousness.” There’s a refreshing inclusivity, authenticity and articulate clarity about his writing. Highly recommended.


    One Bright Pearl - http://www.boundlessawareness.org

    One Bright Pearl


    One of my favorite Zen sayings was by Hsuan-sha: “The whole universe is one bright pearl.” Another translation runs like this: “The entire world of the ten directions is a single shining [or ‘luminous’] jewel.” There are other versions, but I like these two variations the best.

    I often think the entire dharma – and perhaps drama – is contained in this expression. It speaks to me. That statement could only have arisen from the awakened state, and in fact, most people are asleep precisely to…

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 4:20 pm on June 30, 2016 Permalink |  

    15 times when Jeremy Corbyn was on the right side of history 

    These 15 commitments by JC are a history of major challenges in the past and many constitute part of the agenda of need for the immediate future. The treatment he is getting from UK media – including the BBC – is a national disgrace to add to all other recent national disgraces.

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    The World Turned Upside Down

    jezza aparted1. Apartheid: Jeremy was a staunch opponent of the Apartheid regime and a supporter of Nelson Mandela and the ANC. He was even arrested for protesting outside the South African embassy in 1984.
    2. Chile: Jeremy was an opponent of the brutal dictator Pinochet (an ally of the British government under Thatcher) and was a leading campaigner in the quest to bring him to justice. In 1998 Pinochet was arrested in London.
    3. LGBT rights: As noted in Pink News, Jeremy was an early champion of LGBT rights. At a time when the Tories decried supporting LGBT rights as ‘loony left’, Jeremy voted against section 28 which sought to demonise same-sex relationships.
    4. The Miners’ Strike: Jeremy went against the Labour leadership and fully supported the miners in their effort to prevent the total destruction of their industry and communities. Cabinet papers released last year prove that the NUM…

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 10:06 pm on February 11, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags: Reflections of the One Life, Scott Kiloby, The Inseparability of Awareness and Objects   

    The Inseparability of Awareness and Objects – from Reflections of the One Life, by Scott Kiloby 

    The Inseparability of Awareness and Objects

    Yesterday’s reflection stated, “Without this unnamable source, no object can be seen, touched, tasted, smelled, felt, experienced, or thought about.” The source referred to here is awareness itself.

    As you are reading this reflection, notice that awareness is inseparable from everything it sees. Without awareness, this page, the words and letters on it and all the other sights, sounds, and smells in the room right now could not be experienced. Without awareness, the internal thoughts, emotions, and sensations experienced while reading this reflection could not happen.

    Regardless of whether you agree or disagree, or like or dislike, what this reflection is saying, the agreement/disagreement and like/dislike could not be experienced without awareness. Awareness is inseparable from (not independent of) the objects appearing in it. Can you really tell where awareness ends and objects begin?

    Awareness is like the screen on which a movie appears. When you attach only to the objects and characters in the movie, you miss the screen. You miss the source of life — the canvas on which the objects and characters are being displayed. Yet when you fixate on the screen only, and try to deny the objects, you miss the vast beauty and diversity of form in the play of life.

    Instead of fixating on either awareness or the objects, simply notice that they are an inseparable reality. They are “not two.” In that realization, there is nothing left to seek. That is wholeness.

    ~ From: Reflections of the One Life, by Scott Kiloby http://www.kiloby.com/

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 9:45 am on January 22, 2016 Permalink |  

    How does our discipline grow? – Heschel, Maslow and human rights 

    Abraham Heschel teaches us that self-respect is the root of discipline.

    He also says, most tellingly, that the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.

    Presumably concomitantly one’s concern for the dignity of others is then a direct consequence.

    In suggesting this I have in mind a student’s answer to the question, "What is the source of human rights?"

    The answer she gave was; "Human needs."

    There are many presentations of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, almost none include the one he added in later life’ self-transcendence.

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    Abraham Joshua Heschel
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    “Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows
    with the ability to say no to oneself.”
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    tags: dignity, discipline, inspirational, self-resp​ – SOURCE: – https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5545.Abraham_Joshua_Heschel

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 6:35 pm on January 10, 2016 Permalink |  

    OUR MYSTICAL LIFE: “With what am I One – in nondual experience?” 

    OUR MYSTICAL LIFE: “With what am I One – in nondual experience?”

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    Ken Wilber’s Great Nest of Being – note that The mystical is at the edge of the dual!

    INTRODUCTION: I’m hoping that our spiritual dialogue will help get a deeper understanding of this question, “With what am I One – in nondual experience?” Included is an article by way of an introduction to the contemporary Sufi Shaikh Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. I have been looking at writings and books of Vaughan-Lee over the holiday and am much impressed. ( Marion & I have also been impressed with Joan Tollifson).

    Sufi teachings appear to work on a two level model, the human and the Divine, which become one, assuming you can sufficiently forget the ‘small self’. In Baha’i teachings we find a three level model that is actually summed up in the Baha’i ringstone symbol;

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    the three levels being 1 God, 2 the Messenger of God and 3 Creation, of which we are (intended to be) the fullest expression. That which unites the three is the Holy spirit – shown as a vertical line.

    Perhaps the Holy Spirit might turn out to be the same as ‘the common field’ in physics;

    Electricity and magnetism were long thought to be separate forces. It was not until the 19th century that they were finally treated as interrelated phenomena. In 1905 Albert Einstein’s special theory of relativity established beyond a doubt that both are aspects of one common phenomenon. SOURCE

    Remember Abdu’l-Baha’s exquisite writing on the nature of love from which this extract comes SOURCE;

    Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the diverse elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms.

    Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe.

    Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world…

    Returning to 2 or 3 levels of reality it seems to me to be unassailable logic that the finite cannot comprehend the Infinite anymore than a Chippendale chair can comprehend its maker Thomas Chippendale.

    What the chair will do is emanate some of the qualities, in some measure, possessed by Chippendale, the artist-craftsman. So also can we reflect the names and attributes of God, in some measure – if we polish the mirror of our hearts. Isn’t this the mystical core of all the great traditions – as we say AWAKENING:DETACHING:SERVING.

    These Baha’i teachings make it even more interesting; 1) “…all parts of the creational world are of one whole.”, BWF p.364. 2) “God contains all….The whole is greater than its parts…” PT 23 27 3) “All that exists is God….” (AB in London p22) and 4) Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.

    Both Sufi and Baha’i and Buddhist (and other?) teachings seem to include the goal of ‘dying before you die’ – in the sense of evanescence – evanescence is a noun that means the event of fading and gradually vanishing from sight. After you lose a loved one, often you’re gripped with a fear of evanescence, or the rapid fading from sight or memory of that person. Evanescence comes from the Latin evanescere meaning "disappear, vanish.".

    Now to the article by Vaughan-Lee. What challenges does it throw up, if any, in relation to the questions raised here?;

    What is mysticism? How is it different to spirituality?

    And why is mysticism important at this moment in time?

    The spiritual journey can be most simply described as a way to access the light of our soul — the beautiful light with which we came into the world. On this journey we make an inner relationship with this light of our divine nature — the spirit that is within each of us. Through this relationship we come to know our true self and be nourished by the deeper meaning of our soul.

    Spiritual paths and teachings give us access to the tools and guidance to do this inner work. For example, the practice of meditation can help to still the mind so that we are no longer distracted by its continual chatter. Psychological inner work can free us from the traumas, anger, anxiety and other feelings that may cover our light. Gradually we come to know more of our true nature, learn to live in the light of our real self. It is said that the goal of every spiritual path is to live a guided life, guided by that within us which is eternal.

    The mystical journey may begin with making a relationship with one’s inner light, but the mystic is drawn on a deeper journey toward love’s greatest secret: that within the heart we are one with the divine. The fire of mystical love is a burning which destroys all sense of a separate self, until nothing is left but love Itself. While the spiritual seeker is drawn to the light of this fire, the mystic is the moth consumed by its flames. Rumi, love’s greatest mystical poet, summed up his whole life in two lines:

    And the result is not more than these three words:

    I burnt, and burnt, and burnt.

    The mystical path takes us into the center of the heart where this mystery of love takes place. Initially this love is often experienced as longing, a deep desire for God, the Beloved, Divine Truth, or simply an unexplained ache in the heart. Mystics are lovers who are drawn toward a love in which there is no you or me, but only the oneness of love Itself. And they are prepared to pay the ultimate price to realize this truth: the price of themselves. In the words of the 13th century Christian mystic Hadewych of Antwerp:

    Those who were two, at first,

    are made one by the pain of love.

    Gradually we discover that this love and longing slowly and often painfully destroy all our outer and inner attachments, all the images we may have of our self. The Sufis call this process being taken into the tavern of ruin, through which we are eventually made empty of all except divine love, divine presence.

    This is an ancient journey in which the heart is awakened to the wonder and beauty, as well as the terror, of divine love. It is celebrated in the Bible in the Song of Songs: "He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love." And over the centuries mystics of all faiths have written their love stories. Some mystics have been persecuted, like the Sufi al-Hallaj who was crucified for publically proclaiming the secret of divine oneness, "I am the Truth." Known as the prince of lovers, he expressed the mystical reality: "I am He whom I love, He whom I love is me."

    Mystics may be drawn inward, but the oneness of the divine also embraces the outer world. When the eye of the heart is open all of creation reveals its divine nature; everything is seen as an expression, a manifestation of the One Being. Mystics are also involved in the demands of everyday life. One of Christianity’s most loved mystics, St. Teresa of Avila, worked tirelessly founding nunneries and looking after her nuns, while at the same time mystical prayer took her into ever deepening states of inner absorption, oneness and ecstasy. Mysticism does not mean to retire from life, but to live the unitive life. "God," St. Teresa would say, "lives also among the pots and pans."

    The truth of mystical love is one of humanity’s great heritages. It should not be confused with its cousin, spiritual life. The spiritual journey is a wonderful way to come closer to what is sacred. It a way to live in the light of our divine nature, to be nourished by the mystery and meaning of the soul. It opens the door to what really belongs to us as sacred beings. But mysticism is quite different. The moth who feels the warmth of the fire is on a very different journey to the moth drawn into the flames themselves. This is the ancient journey from separation back to union, from our own self back to a state of oneness with God. Step by step we walk along the path of love until finally we are taken by love into love; we are taken by God to God, and there is no going back, only a deepening and deepening of this love affair of the soul.

    Even if we are not all drawn to tread the path of the mystic, we need to be reminded that this note of divine love belongs to all of us. In a time of so much division in the world, it is important to reclaim this primal truth that belongs to our heritage: this great song of the soul that celebrates the oneness that is within the heart of each of us and underlies all of creation. This has particular relevance when we confront our present ecological crisis. We can no longer afford to think of the environment as something separate, outside of us. We need an awareness of the "oneness of being" of which we are all a part, and actions that come from this awareness. This awareness of unity is one of the most important contributions of the mystic at this moment in time.

    Within the heart of each of us, within the heart of humanity, is this song of mystical love. It has been present for millennia celebrating the divine unity that is our real nature, and the deepest secret of our relationship with God. Hearing the many voices that today so easily consume our attention, it is easy for us to forget this quiet voice of divine love. And yet it is one of the great secrets of humanity, passed down from lover to lover, needing to be embraced, to be known, to be lived. -0- End of Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee’s article HERE

    WikiPedia: Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee’s article -0-

    SEE ALSO – https://westernmystics.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/llewellyn-vaughan-lee/

    THE QUESTIONS AGAIN: “With what am I One in nondual experience?” Is it a self-deception? Is it Creation? Is it Mystery? Is it the Whole?​ -0-

    Don’t forget to relate to core models including the Steindl-Rast model & to the SunWALK model;

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    FURTHER READING:

    If you want to go deeper into this subject you might find this account interesting – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bah%C3%A1%27%C3%AD_cosmology

    Appreciative article about Ken Wilber’s book The Marriage of Sense and Soul

    http://www.contemplative.net/marriage-sense-soul-wilber-book-review-a-18.html

     
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