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A Sacred Mountain Part One
Kittisaro An article by Kittisaro, the founder of Dharmagiri Insight Mediation Centre. He shares times of blessings and hardships of his, his wife Thanissara, & beloved dog Jack's lives at Dharmagiri, which is situated at the base of Mvoleni mountain, Underberg, KZN. The article was published in the September 2010 edition of Resurgance magazine.
 
Afro-dharma & Botho/ubuntu: A Dialogue On Spirituality, Science And Humanity. A Mind And Life Dialogue
Chandasara Chandasara, the resident teacher at Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat reflects on her experience after attending the Mind & Life Conference in Gabarone in August 2017.
 
Ancient Egyptian Religion
Body and Mind

Religion guided every aspect of Egyptian life. Egyptian religion was based on polytheism, or the worship of many deities, except for during the reign of Akhenaton.The Egyptians had as many as 2000 gods and goddesses. Some, such as Amine, were worshipped throughout the whole country, while others had only a local following. Often gods and goddesses were represented as part human and part animal.


 
Asatru
Body and Mind

Although Asatru is an ages old traditional religion of the Norse there is not a continuity of practice. The modern revival of Norse Heathenism dates to the nineteen-seventies, when poet Gothi Sveinbjorn Beinteinsson petitioned the Icelandic government for official recognition of the faith.


 
Baha
Body and Mind

Shoghi Effendi Rabbani, the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith records in his book that the religion started in Iran with "A handful of students, belonging to the Shaykhi school, sprung from the Ithna-'Ashariyyih sect of Shi`ah Islam."


 
Bahai Calendar
Body and Mind

The Bahá'í calendar is a solar calendar consisting of 19 months of 19 days each, with the remaining four days (five in leap years) assigned to a celebration called Ayyám-i-Há.A Feast is celebrated on the first day of each month, combining community worship, a business meeting, and socialization.

 


 
Blessed Be
David Angel

Prayer by David Angel


 
Buddhism Prayers
Author Unknown

I take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha Until I attain Enlightenment.By merit accumulations from practicing generosity and the other perfections.May I attain Enlightenment, for the benefit of all sentient beings.Going to Sleep,Falling asleep at last, I vow with all beings. To enjoy the dark and the silence And rest in the vast unknown.


 
Celestial Hierarchy
Body and Mind

Celestial Hierarchy : to understand about the celestial hierarchy it is important to know exactly what an angel is. Briefly it can be described as: a spiritual being that is believed to be much more powerful than a human.


 
Celtic Druidism
Body and Mind

Modern Druidism is one of the Neopagan family of religions, which includes Wicca and recreations of Egyptian, Greek, Norse, Roman and other ancient Pagan religions.


 
Celtic Mythology
Body and Mind

Modern Druidism is one of the Neopagan family of religions, which includes Wicca and recreations of Egyptian, Greek, Norse, Roman and other ancient Pagan religions. Some present-day Druids attempt to reconstruct of the beliefs and practices of ancient Druidism.


 
Christianity
Body and Mind

Christianity is the most popular religion in the world with well over two billion followers.It is also the largest religion in Britain, with around 30 million people regarding themselves as nominally Christian; about 6 million of these are actively committed to the faith.


 
Confucianism
Body and Mind

K'ung Fu Tzu (commonly pronounced Confucius in English) was born in 551 BCE in the state of Lu (modern day Shantung Province). He lived during the Chou dynasty, an era known for its moral laxity.


 
Divine Mother Healed Me...!
Chaturi Ma Divine Mother healed me from Facet Joint Arthrosis..! I know, it sounds a bit far-fetched, but She did. Seeing as the Divine Mother - Mother God - is omnipresent capable fo flowing through me, it was just a matter of time before the immersion of me into Her and the healing finally took place.
 
Expedient Moral Relativism From A Meditation Point Of View
Leon Potgieter

Moral relativism is widely taught at universities across the world. The message is that there is no such thing as right and wrong, good and bad. Every view is as good as another. You can make up your reality and do as you please. This is misleading as the distinction is not made between resolving the practical conflicts of life and metaphysical problems over what type of existence morals have. 


 
Islam
Body and Mind

Islam is the complete submission and obedience to Allah (God). The name Allah (God) in Islam never refers to Muhammad (pbuh), as many Christians may think; Allah is the personal name of God.


 
Islam Continued
Body and Mind

The speech of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) refers to his sayings.Actions are judged by their intentions; everyone will be rewarded according to his/her intention. So whoever migrates for the sake of Allah and His Prophet then his migration will be noted as a migration for the sake of Allah and His Prophet.


 
Jain Dharma
Body and Mind

Jainism traces its roots to a succession of 24 Jinas ("those who overcome", or conqueror) in ancient East India. The first Jina is traditionally believed to have been a giant who lived 8.4 million years ago.


 
Jehovah
Body and Mind

Belief in Deity There is one God Almighty--a Spirit Being with a body but not a human body. There is one God and no Trinity.Christ is Lord and Saviour, but not God (Jehovah) incarnate, not a God-man but inferior to God, not part of a Godhead. He was a created spirit being, God's only begotten son, sent to Earth as a perfect human. His sacrifice became the "ransom" price to redeem mankind from sin and death.


 
Judaism Prayers
Body and Mind

Prayer After Eating (Birkat Hamazon), Modeh Ani -- A Morning Prayer, Prayer for Protection, Hanukkah Candle-Lighting Prayers, Prayer for a Newborn Child.Blessed is The Lord our God, Sovereign of the universe, who sustains the entire world with goodness, kindness and mercy.
God gives food to all creatures, for God's mercy is everlasting.


 
Kabbalah
Body and Mind

On penetrating into the sanctuary of the Kabbalah one is seized with admiration in the presence of a doctrine so logical, so simple and at the same time so absolute... it establishes, by the counterpoise of two forces in apparent opposition, the eternal balance of being..., Eli has Levi "Transcendental Magic".


 
Keep Calm And Paradigm Shift
Barbara Abdinor We live in a time where the chaotic collision of crises demands collective and personal evolution. This article is an outline map on how to navigate for personal and collective evolution.
 
Learning To Stay By Pema Chrodron (part Two)
Pema Chodron Through the process of practicing the mindfulness-awareness technique on a regular basis, we can no longer hide from ourselves. We clearly see the barriers we set up to shield us from naked experience.
 
Loving-kindness Meditation
Leon Potgieter

Be seated in meditation posture. Imagine a rose coloured lotus bud on a silver disc is at your heart. Allow the bud to open and visualize it radiating golden light which forms a sphere containing you at its centre. Kindly and gently repeat, “May I be happy. May I be free from suffering. May I have the causes of happiness. May I be free from the causes of suffering.” until you fell loved and appreciated.


 
Mormonism
Body and Mind

We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.


 
Mother Mary
Body and Mind

The Divine Mother of the universe has also assumed the form of Mother Mary or the Virgin Mary mother of Jesus.It is not really known, nor does it matter, if Mary the wife of Joseph was born as an incarnation of the Goddess.


 
My Personal Journey With Divine Mother, How She Healed Me And How You Can Hear Her.
Chaturi Ma My personal Journey with Divine Mother. How I hear her and how she healed me from Facet Joint Arthrosis.
 
Native Americans
Body and Mind

In no sense did the indigenous peoples of North America profess monotheism, or belief in the existence of one god only. Moreover, even a supreme being could be conceptualized in more than one way. Among the Sioux, Waken Tonka (Great Mystery) was pictured both as a single entity and as an assemblage of deities—including Sun, Winds, Earth, and Rock.


 
New Age Gurus
Paul Roland

In the 1960s the youth of the world fell under the spell of the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the "Giggling Guru" whose spiritual mission was first sponsored by The Beatles. In the 1980s, after the Maharshi had returned to the Himalayas, his role was effectively taken over by an equally charismatic and considerably more controversial figure, Bagman Shree Rajneesh (1931-90), more popularly known as Osho.


 
No To Anti-muslim, No To Anti-semitism, No To Hate By Jack Kornfield
Jack Kornfield Seeing past differences & coming together with Compassion
 
Paganism
Author Unknown

Paganism is a broad, eclectic contemporary religious movement that encompasses shamanistic, ecstatic, polytheistic, and magical religions. Most of the religions termed Pagan are characterized by nature-centred spirituality, honouring of pre-Christian deities, dynamic, personal belief systems, lack of institutionalization, a quest to develop the self, and acceptance and encouragement of diversity.


 
Prophecy And Prediction
Paul Roland

Jeanne Dixon, the 'High Society seer' became an American talk show celebrity after predicting the assassination of John F. Kennedy 11 years before the event occurred in 1963.She foresaw the president's death in a vision of the then unknown politician standing outside the White House with the date 1960 clearly visible, just like the opening credits of a movie.


 
Rastafari Movement
Author Unknown

Rasta, or the Rastafarian movement, is a religious movement that accepts Hailer Seaside I, the former emperor of Ethiopia, as King of Kings, Lord of Lords and the Lion of Judah as Jan (the Rastafarian name for God, from a shortened form of Jehovah found in Psalm 68:4 in the King James Version of the Bible), and part of the Holy Trinity. 


 
Reincarnation
Paul Roland

It is estimated that over half of the world's population believe in reincarnation; the idea that we are all reborn many times over.The fact that we cannot recall our previous lives is explained as being a fail-safe mechanism to avoid complications in this life and to allow us to make a fresh start.


 
Religious Holidays

 
Religious Poetry
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Scientology
Author Unknown

The Scientology religion deals with the human spirit and its relationship to the universe and its Creator. It teaches that its fundamental laws of life, when applied, help people achieve a happier and more fulfilling existence as surely as an apple falls to the ground when dropped.


 
Shamanism
Author Unknown

Shamanism is classified by anthropologists as an archaic magi co-religious phenomenon in which the shaman is the great master of ecstasy. Shamanism itself, was defined by the late Mircea Eliade as a technique of ecstasy.


 
Shamanism And Animals
Author Unknown

Like people, animals have helping spirits who give them power. I retrieve power animals for horses, pets and farm animals, so that they can be stronger of spirit and more powerful in their bodies.


 
Shinto
Author Unknown

Shinto is an ancient Japanese religion. Starting about 500 BCE (or earlier) it was originally "an amorphous mix of nature worship, fertility cults, divination techniques, hero worship, and shamanism."  Its name was derived from the Chinese words "shin tao" ("The Way of the Gods") in the 8th Century CE. 

 


 
Shinto Calendar
Body and Mind

Seijin-no-hi is coming of age day, in Japan is the age of twenty. Shinto considers time and age to be important, and therefore decisive moments are celebrated.


 
Sikhism
Author Unknown

 

No consensus exists on the origins of this religion.

  • Historians and specialists in Eastern religions generally believe that Sikhism is a syncretistic religion, originally related to the Bhakti movement within Hinduism and the Sufi branch of Islam, to which many independent beliefs and practices were added.

 


 
Taoism
Author Unknown

Tao (pronounced "Dow") can be roughly translated into English as path, or the way. It is basically indefinable. It has to be experienced. 


 
The Foolishness Of Desire, Hatred And Blaming Others
Leon Potgieter

Desire leads to suffering and not to pleasure. Desiring pleasure is a malformed idea as pleasure can only arise from good actions and not desire. Pleasure can never be grasped but opportunities for pleasure are always flowing through your life as the result of past good actions. This good energy is squandered when forcibly turned to the gratification of your ego’s desires. Desire is inherently painful as it is the mind state of poverty


 
The Path Of Meditation - Right Speech: A Meditation Essential.
Leon Potgieter

Speech is very important as it creates friends or enemies, makes or breaks families. It is extremely powerful. As speech is always preceded by an intention to speak, right view and right intention govern the way you will speak. Also, as intention motivates speech, speech has substantial consequences. It can create harmony or distrust. It can be used dishonestly to manipulate others or help them immensely by passing on the deep meaning of the truth. Speech is based on thoughts. If you have trained your mind, your speech will be gentle and


 
The Path Of Meditation - Right View Of Meditation
Leon Potgieter

Just as the dawn is the forerunner and first indication of the rising of the sun, so is right view the forerunner and first indication of wholesome states.


 
The Path Of Meditation - The Right View Of Meditation: The Ego Is Made Up Of Defilements
Leon Potgieter

Greed, hatred and delusion are defilements as they are dirty. Dirt accumulates whenever there is inadequate maintenance and housekeeping. Someone who is under the control of desire or anger is neglecting to maintain their self-respect and their respect of others. This neglect causes moral dirt to collect and the build-up of moral dirt leads to decay and disease. Morality is your spiritual immune system. 


 
The Two Levels Of Experience From A Meditation Point Of View
Leon Potgieter

When, through meditation, the mind calms down with the complete suppression of rational thought, surprisingly, we do not find a blank, stupefying vacancy but an unimaginably brilliant awareness. This is coupled with a sublime happiness and a pleasure so intense that, at first, it seems impossible to bear.


 
Universism
Author Unknown

Universism is a progressive natural philosophy. It unites the following traditional free thought approaches to religious questions.All of these approaches centre on your personal view of God. The Universist Alternative places emphasis on the attitude and spirit in which you address religious questions, and the tools you use to do so, rather than focusing on any conclusions that you may arrive at.


 
Wicca
Paul Roland

Contrary to popular belief Witchcraft, or Wicca as it is now called, has nothing to do with malevolent witches worshipping the devil, riding on broomsticks or casting curses. Neither do it's current practitioners indulge in wild orgies as is sometimes reported. 


 
Zoroastrianism
Author Unknown

Zoroastrianism is a small religion with about 140,000 members. Yet its importance to humanity is much greater than its current numbers might suggest, because: