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

My general Facebook is HERE   

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.”
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’ ! 
Mindfulness allows us to spend more time in eternity!”
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.  

#inter-spiritual, #one-garden, #interfaith

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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



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.

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.

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,



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


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”




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”.

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

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


“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


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