Archive for October, 2010

Spiritual Battles

Know that the path to Spiritual ascension is a constant battle. There are skirmishes between our Higher and lower selves.  Some battles we will win and some we lose.  Be not discouraged when a battle is lost.  It is only temporary.  Regroup and assemble your Spiritual forces and continue the fight; keeping your mind focused on the ultimate victory.  Sa Ra

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Individual Responsibility

It is important that we innerstand that we are all individually responsible for ourselves.  As such, we are accountable only for our own thoughts, words, actions and emotions.  We are not responsible or accountable for those of others.  As long as we know that we are living our lives in accordance with Divine principles (Maat, Dharma), we can and should be at peace.  Let us not fall into anger or frustration when others don’t do or see things that way that we do.  We should have compassion and love them for who they are, not how we wish them to be.  In so doing, we set a positive example for others.  People will be inspired by what we do more so than what we say.  Exercising compassion and patience will inspire. Expressing anger and frustration will only repel.  Sa Ra

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Different Levels of Spiritual Understanding

It is important to realize that all Spiritual teachings are meant to be understood at different levels.  Our innerstanding increases as we ascend on our paths.  Therefore, it is important that we remain humble and open as we learn, so that we are able to absorb deeper levels of knowledge.  Sa Ra

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Seek Not Happiness from External Sources

Seek not happiness from external sources.  True, permanent happiness can be attained only from within one’s Self.  External sources provide only temporary happiness in the way that drugs provide temporary happiness to a drug addict.  Sa Ra

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Consistency is Manifestation

“Consistency is Manifestation”.  This is one of the key principles of Spiritual development.  In order for our Spiritual practices to have the desired effect upon our lives, we must consistently perform them.  Likewise, we must consistently apply the Spiritual principles that we have learned in all aspects of our lives.  We develop our muscles and strength when we go to the gym and consistently exercise.  Similarly, when we exercise our Spiritual principles in the gym of life, we develop our Spiritual muscles and attain inner strength.  Sa Ra

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Discipline

Discipline is a necessary attribute for us to develop on our spiritual paths.  Discipline is one of the initial components in the profane (outer) teachings of all religions.  The Bible and Quaran both include admonitions or commandments to avoid doing certain things and encourage us to do certain things with the purpose of instilling discipline within us.  In Ancient Egypt, those admonitions were included in the 42 negative confessions or confessions of innocence (the source of the 10 commandments) contained in the Book of Coming forth by Day (The Book of the Dead).  In the Hindu tradition, discipline is referred to as Dama.  Developing the discipline to avoid certain activities and to do certain activities helps us to avoid developing or deepening our attachments and encourages us to focus on things that aid in our spiritual development.  Sa Ra

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Reactions are Choices

Reactions are a choice.  We do not have to react.  By observing ourselves, we develop awareness and come to this realization.  Meditation brings about this awareness through observing our thoughts and remaining detached from them.  We then bring this discipline into our daily lives and realize that we not only have the ability to choose our thoughts, but also have the ability to chose our reactions.  Sa Ra

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Patience and Humility

Patience and humility are necessary virtues on the path of Spiritual ascension. They are both critical weapons in the battle against Ego.  Sa Ra

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