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Silence of the heart

By chakravarthy

Silence usually is understood to be something negative, something empty, an absence of sound, of noises. This misunderstanding is prevalent because few people have ever experienced silence — all they have experienced is noiselessness.

But silence is a totally different phenomenon. It is utterly positive. It is existential, it is not empty. It overflows with a music that you have never heard before, with a fragrance that is unfamiliar to you, with a light that can only be seen by inner eyes. It is not something fictitious; it is a reality that is already present in everyone–we just never look in.

All our senses are extrovert. Our eyes open outside as do our ears; our hands move outside, so too our legs..all our senses are meant to explore the outside world. But there is a sixth sense which is asleep because we have never used it. And no society, culture or educational system helps people to make the sixth sense active.

In the East, the sixth sense is called ‘the third eye’. It looks inward. And just as there is a way of hearing in, and of smelling the fragrance within. Just as there are five senses moving outward, there are five counter-senses moving inward. In all, we have 10 senses, but the first sense that starts the inner journey is the third eye, and then other senses start opening up.

Your inner world has its own taste, fragrance and light. It is utterly, immensely, eternally silent. The mind cannot reach there, but you can reach because you are not the mind. The function of the mind is to be a bridge between you and the objective world, and the function of the heart is to be a bridge between you and yourself.

The silence is the silence of the heart. It is a wordless song without sound. Out of this silence flowers of love grow. Here you can find the Garden of Eden. Meditation is the key to open the doors of your own being.

The body knows its owns silence–that is its own well-being, overflowing health and joy. The mind also knows its silence, when all thoughts disappear and the sky is cloud free, just pure space. But the silence I am talking about is far deeper. I am talking about the silence of your being.

Other silences can be disturbed. Sickness can disturb the silence of your body, and death is certainly going to disturb it. A single thought can disturb the silence of your mind, the way a small pebble thrown into a silent lake creates thousands of ripples, and the lake is no longer silent. The silences of body and mind are fragile and superficial, but in themselves they are good. To experience them is helpful, because it indicates that there may be deeper silences of the heart, it will be again an arrow of longing, moving you even deeper.

Your centre of being is the centre of a cyclone. Whatever happens around it does not affect it; it is eternal silence. Whatever happens and whenever, the eternal silence of your being remains exactly the same — the same soundless music, fragrance of godliness and transcendence from all that is mortal and momentary.

Article Source: http:www.articlesbase.com/religion-articles/silence-of-the-heart-5564389.html

About the Author

C.S. Chakravarthy – H. No. 12-13-301, St. No. 9, Lane. No. 1, Flat. No. 203, Satya Classic, Tarnaka, Secunderabad-500017

Since this article’s initial publication articlesbase.com has undergone some changes. Original links have been left intact. 

 How to Get Out of your Own F*cking Way. (elephantjournal.com)

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The Meaning Behind Not Eating From The Tree Of Knowledge

English: Tree of Knowledge by Mordecai MOREH ע...

Tree of Knowledge by Mordecai MOREH עברית: מרדכי מורה – תמונת פרופיל (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Eric Robert Nielsen

Tree Knowledge

Many people believe the Garden of Eden’s Tree of Knowledge is a physical location on earth. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Tree Knowledge is found when someone turns within as Jesus has stated. It also is associated with the Bible’s Baptism by Fire and can be verified by at least two other religions– Buddhism and Taoism.

Tree Knowledge is gained when a person successfully is able to completely leave this world behind through the proper use of meditation or centering prayer.

During the experience of passing through the symbolic Garden of Eden.The point represented by eating the apple from the Tree of Knowledge, is the exact moment the veil goes up between God and the Soul.

The Tree Knowledge acquired at this point is the soul gaining a sense of self as being separate from God.It is where God cuts the Soul loose to live in the world. This fact is easiest understood by the person having this type of experience, over someone who has not.

Tree Knowledge at this point is also Jesus’ Baptism by Fire. Because other than the Soul becoming separate from God, the Soul is also given the five senses to live in human form in the physical world.

The Tree Knowledge relating to the Baptism by Fire is based on the feeling created after the five senses are placed into the Soul. The feeling is that of being totally bathed in an uncontrollable burning desire to want everything and anything that will present itself.

Tree Knowledge

One should understand that this is a very primal desire, as the Soul is burning with uncontrollable want, when no-thing has yet presented itself to the Soul, as an object of that want.

The Tree Knowledge from the view of the Soul is that movement has now begun as the Soul begins to head quickly toward the physical world.

Someone not experienced in these matters, like myself, when going through this is rocketed forward by burning desire, holds on and will go where ever the Soul ends up.

A person who is experienced with what goes on when passing through this part of the Garden of Eden, can remain calm, as that statement is associated with controlling desire or want.

By not letting the desire build within the Soul or a better way to make the point would be to say ‘not become overwhelmed with desire to want,’ can stop the process and return back into the Kingdom of God. This is Tree Knowledge.

Tree Knowledge

Though Buddha doesn’t mention the place that he obtains this knowledge, he none the less gave a Fire Sermon on the power of desire and how it burns within us all; affecting everything we do in this life, which is the result of our constant sorrow.

Buddha’s warning as it relates to not eating of the apple for Christians is to not get attached to the dualistic way life plays with our desires to satisfy the urge of the five senses.

His Tree Knowledge is that the five senses are a perfect match for every object associated to each of the five senses. This causes us to burn with desire for sensual satisfaction, which cannot ever be controlled unless a person puts more strength and effort into going within through meditation or prayer, rather than allowing the senses to keep the person attracted to the physical world.

From ‘The Secret of the Golden Flower,’ the Taoist Tree Knowledge has the point of eating the apple being compared to eating spirit-energy, which causes a man to be born. The Taoists also mention that the movement out into the physical world can be reversed, causing the Soul to again merge with its higher self.

The spirit-energy corresponds with fire mentioned in Christianity, as it is associated with the Taoist symbol for clinging. Fire in Christianity, as it related to Baptism by Fire has everything to do with being bathed completely in desire, which is the same desire needed to fuel the desire to live.

The Tree Knowledge to take from this material is this. Thinking about God focuses a person’s interest back again to the territory within, where the Kingdom of God is located. This is done by focusing your attention on your deepest self (the self behind all you think and do). This is the definition of God as he exists in you.

To ignore God causes us to focus our attention on the only place it can be placed–out into the physical world. This causes you to forget the importance of who the self/ you is. When the self is forgotten, so is respect for the self/ God, which is identical in others. This causes the divide between humans resulting in the rippling effect of separation in our world community.

For more information on this subject, stop by and visit us to watch the video.This video is part of our Human Soul Series of videos. This concludes Tree Knowledge of why we should not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/religion-articles/the-meaning-behind-not-eating-from-the-tree-of-knowledge-5997340.html

About the Author

Eric Robert Nielsen is an Author, Mystic and Centering Prayer/Meditation Expert Purveyor of the The Mystic Post, He is an Author of ‘God’s Veil Removed…A True Story of Mystical Union with God’.


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WHY ALL CALENDER EPOCH YEAR DATES ARE RELIGIOUS

Mosaic pavement of a 6th century synagogue at ...

Mosaic pavement of a 6th century synagogue at Beit Alpha, Jezreel Valley, northern Israel. It was discovered in 1928. Signs of the zodiac surround the central chariot of the Sun (a Greek motif), while the corners depict the 4 "turning points" ("tekufot") of the year, solstices and equinoxes, each named for the month in which it occurs--tequfah of Tishrei, (tequfah of Tevet), tequfah of Ni(san), tequfah of Tamuz - via Wikipedia

By Rabbi Allen S. Maller

For more than 1.000 years all the world’s major calendars have included a date for the year as well as the month and day. This seems  normal to us but for most of recorded  history calendars only recorded  the month and day. The year was counted from the start of the rule of a king or a dynasty. When the next king or dynasty came along, a new count was started again. Only major religions that last for many centuries can produce a calendar that will outlast individual political states and empires. Thus, all the world’s major calendars today are religious.

January the first will begin the Christian epoch year 2012. The Jewish epoch year, 5772, began on the evening of September 28, 2011. Christians know their calendar starts from the birth of Jesus. Muslims know the Muslim calendar begins with the escape of Muhammad from rejection and persecution in Makka to the opportunity of Medina. Buddhists know that their calendar starts with the enlightenment of Siddhartha under a Bodhi tree.  But most Jews would be hard pressed  to explain what happened  5,772 years ago to start the Jewish calendar.

By analogy to the Christian, Muslim, or Buddhist calendars one might expect that the Jewish calendar starts with the birth of Abraham (the first Jew), or from the Exodus  from Egypt (the trans-formative experience of the Jewish people), or from the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai (the enlightenment of the Jewish people). But the second century Rabbis who made up the epoch calendar Jews currently use, chose to begin with Adam and Eve i.e. the beginning of human civilization.

The word Adam in Hebrew means  mankind/Homo Sapiens– the species.  The exit of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden symbolizes  the transition of humanity from a largely nomadic/neolithic stone age society of hunter-gatherers to a more advanced metal working bronze age society of farmers and village dwellers.  By starting the Jewish calendar with  a historical transition that would have a universal impact on all of human society,  the second century rabbis followed the lead of the Bible, which begins not with Judaism, but with the origin of farming, village civilization and recorded history.

All historical dates that are derived from written records will fit into the Jewish calendar. The earliest writing comes from the Mesopotamian city of Uruk (Genesis 10:10) and dates to about 5,500 years ago i.e. the third century of the Jewish calendar. The first dynasty in Egypt arose in the 7th century of the Jewish calendar and the first stone pyramid in the 10th century. The famous king Sargon of Akkad (2371-2316 BCE) lived in the 14th century of the Jewish calendar. Abraham was not born till the 21th century of the Jewish calendar. It is only in the generations after Abraham that Biblical history begins to focus on the religious development of one specific people.

The Jewish calendar is not only the oldest of the world’s calendars, it is the only one that begins with the beginning of recorded human history. Everything prior to the Jewish calendar is prehistory. History begins with Adam and Eve.

Author’s Website: http://rabbimaller.com