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Philia – One of many loves

Brotherly Love Series via Wikipedia

Philia is a Greek term usually translated as brotherly or friendly love.

The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle says there are three types of philia:

  1. Love for what is of practical use
  2. Love for what is pleasing
  3. Love for the good

Aristotle is a powerful thinker but, unlike Plato, not a mystical one. And he himself realizes that his three types of philia are not watertight categories.

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EP Today – A Song and a Poem

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Robot love – Till your battery charges no more…

I tend to see myself as a fairly open-minded guy. But last night George Noory’s Coast to Coast AM took the cake. In passing I heard talk about the idea of human and robot marriage. I have wondered if AI possesses some kind of consciousness. But never have I considered this!

MC


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Twin Souls

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By Madison Meadows

It sometimes happens that a man and a woman meet and instantly recognize the other half of themselves behind the eyes of each other.  The eyes have been rightly called ‘the windows of the soul.’  Even their voices are familiar to each other’s ears, like a remembered chord of music.  These are two who immediately sense the unalterable fact that they have been- are- and must always be One; even though they might have fought against their fate for centuries and struggled in vain to escape their linked destiny.  Almost at the first moment they meet and gaze upon each other their spirits rush together in joyful recognition, ignoring all convention and custom, all social rules of behavior, driven by an inner knowing too overwhelming to be denied.  Inexplicately, often without a word being spoken, they know that only through each other can they hope to find wholeness- only when they’re together can they both be Complete in every way.

Somehow, they feel Immortal, and they are, for this level of love can bestow the beginning knowledge of the attainment of several centuries longevity in the same flesh body on the Earth plane.  A man and woman who are soul mates hardly need to speak the words ‘I love you,’ knowing as surely as they do that they must belong to each other.  No man can break the tie between Twin Souls, not even themselves.  Nor can any energy in the Universe.  The force that created them is all powerful and indestructible.

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This kind of instant magnetic attraction is often called ‘love at first sight,’ which is no accident of fate, but very real.  The crossing of their paths has been predestined on a Higher Level of Awareness.  Certain spiritual energies are at work to bring about their meeting.  Even when the Soul Mate is at last discovered, there are often many complications and testings of wortiness which cause temporary pain.  Only in continually and consistently practicing tolorance and forgiveness can the hurt be allivated.  Only the heart knows how to lead you into Union with the soul of the one you love.

Reference ~ Love Signs by Linda Goodman

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/mysticism-articles/twin-souls-6054036.html

About the Author

I am married with two kids.  I live in Phoenix, Arizona.  I blog about my mystical/spiritual experiences I’ve had since I was a child. I share those experiences now as insight to those whom have had similiar experiences, or are just searching for a deeper meaning in their lives.


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God is Love by Anagarika Eddie

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Copyright © Anagarika Eddie 2012. All rights reserved.

A good friend of mine, a Methodist, asked his minister if people who didn’t believe in Jesus were destined for hell. The minister thought for a moment and said, “God is love.” This reply is a sign of the shifting landscape of spirituality.

Successful spiritual institutions have always reflected their followers’ level of conscious awareness. This is so because spiritual institutions are not isolated. When they become isolated, the conservatism they hope will preserve them is exactly what destroys them. Followers seldom challenge their spiritual institutions when they intellectually outgrow them; they just walk away.

As humanity evolves, and its level of understanding expands, the current institutions and their doctrines have no choice but to evolve as well. We are no longer ignorant people living in middle age muddle. If institutions don’t adapt, they will be discredited and replaced by institutions that satisfy the hunger of an evolving consciousness. This has happened throughout history, and it’s happening now.

This new consciousness is not a choice for people, or something to be stamped out; it is inevitable, unstoppable. Attempts to stifle it will be temporary at best and eventually unsuccessful. It will be wiser to simply adjust, because armed with this new consciousness, an individual’s religion will be thoroughly tested and investigated from a standpoint of free inquiry, no longer from a standpoint of blind belief and intimidation. The world is not becoming less religious; it is becoming truly religious.

Truth, that enigmatic quality of lasting peace and security in our hearts, cannot be imparted from an outside source; it must be experienced. Spiritual institutions that dictate, and then expect us to follow blindly, will no longer be tolerated. Just as democratic societies love political freedom, those of the new consciousness will demand spiritual freedom as well, where each individual will discover his or her own truth inwardly without fearing the judgment of an outside, authoritarian power. If you look carefully, you can see this happening all around us.

The old consciousness, which is a throwback to medieval belief systems handed down by authoritarian Gods, is giving way to new spiritual freedom. Controversies throughout the world reflect this change of behavior where ruthlessness is clashing with an arising sensitivity and intelligence. Falling in love with a religion, then defending it against all opposition, is as illogical and emotional as a lover who imagines dangerous rivals encircling his beloved, and risks his life to protect her. Fortunately, this form of lust is usually only short-lived obsessions for those with a developing new consciousness.

Institutions, including spiritual ones, which adjust to the needs of this new, evolving consciousness of individuality and freedom will thrive. Those dragging their feet and fighting it will not. This will not happen overnight. Many will continue to look upon all of this as blasphemy, but those who examine things carefully will see the implications clearly, and prepare themselves for the coming changes.

Acceptance of this new reality is only beginning. The infighting and disagreements will be no different from clashes of cultures in the past, where new ideas were looked upon initially as so threatening that the messengers were shunned, sometimes killed. Eventually, new ideas ease their way into a society that can’t quite accept them, but are intrigued nevertheless and acknowledge the new ideas as cultural jokes. Finally, new concepts are accepted seriously when the culture reinvents them as their own original ideas to fit into their particular beliefs, as they must.

This shift in consciousness is happening now. The human longing for creativity, historically reserved for the few artists, writers, and those of inspired occupations, is going mainstream. The need to be creative is overwhelming the need for pleasure and security. Artists think nothing of living in their cars while painting their masterpiece, writers hammering out pages in one-room apartments oblivious to worldly pursuits, while truly spiritual people are going deep inside, taking the time, the risk, and the sacrifices involved to understand themselves, to understand what Truth really means, to come face to face with God just as the prophets throughout history had done. Why accept second hand spirituality from something read or heard?

Material things so valued in the past no longer will weigh us down so much. A certain level of material comfort will always be necessary, but now, more importantly, we will demand our time to create. No longer will it be, “How much money can I make?” but rather, “How can I make ends meet while I support my passion?” Will society as we know it change? Yes. Will crime decrease? Of course. Will we be a stronger and happier society? Definitely. We see this happening in small ways already. What passion could be more creative than one of authentically finding out what God really is for oneself, instead of being spoon-fed and mislead about Him by unenlightened, self-righteous sermonizers?

Many ignore warnings that rich men have a better chance of passing through the eye of a needle than getting into heaven. The fact remains, however, that a rich man cannot relate to a poor man. He patronizes those less fortunate, but secretly, or even openly, fears them, seeing poverty as a threat, a reminder of what he could become because his values embrace only power and wealth. As a new consciousness evolves, however, we will become increasingly vulnerable and sensitive to the pain of those less fortunate, less intelligent, less endowed with creative energy. Those whose consciousness is slower in evolving will fight to maintain the status quo (to keep “economics” the real present day world religion), but nevertheless, a freedom from the mass hysteria that too often now represents our beliefs, will certainly evolve.

Christ and the Buddha recognized the blinding influence of wealth and organized religion, and gave us examples to follow. They were literally beggars, turning their backs on the established religion of the day armed only with enlightened minds. Currently, how many are prepared to follow them, that is; become enlightened? Who welcomes financial hardship and psychological upheaval in exchange for a spiritual life that, as promised by these two unique men, holds out the real possibility of total inner freedom instead of guilt and fear?

But because we lack faith, few have experienced an authentic spiritual life; we really don’t believe the teachings of the Buddha and Christ. They tried to tell us about spirituality, but we weren’t paying attention; we opted to take the easy way out — we built religions around these men instead of following their ways and finding true spirituality within ourselves – and we got what we deserved; a shallow understanding of spirituality. We don’t intuitively feel it. We prefer to noisily talk and think about it while going about the business of amassing fortunes and worldly relationships, instead of reaching in the silence toward God.

St. John of the Cross describes the risks of fame and fortune in his masterpiece; “The Ascent of Mount Carmel”: . . . “and the fourth degree of evil that comes from joy of worldly things is: And he departed from God, his salvation. This man has made money and things of the world his God, and David said, ‘Be thou not afraid when a man shall be made rich, for when he dieth, he shall carry nothing away, neither riches, nor joy, nor glory.”

Clearly, we have refused to believe what was being taught; spiritual self-sufficiency through our own efforts. We refuse because it is easier to just believe. If we are born in India, we believe as a Hindu. In Thailand, as a Buddhist. In the US as a Christian. We believe what our parents taught us because putting forth the effort or time to see for ourselves requires courage and work. We are too busy with everything except God. We talk the talk, but we don’t walk the walk, however, this is all changing; if you look closely, you can see the signs everywhere. The new consciousness is beginning and you can be a part of it.

It is always your choice.

Anagarika eddie is a meditation teacher at the Dhammabucha Rocksprings Meditation Retreat Sanctuary and author of A Year to Enlightenment. His 30 years of meditation experience has taken him across four continents including two stopovers in Thailand where he practiced in the remote northeast forests as an ordained Thervada Buddhist monk.


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Catholics to have serious dialogue with Hindus and others

Autumnal Faith

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Catholics will have a serious dialogue with Hindus and other religions during the Annual Diocesan Conference of Reno (Nevada, USA) Catholic Diocese in January next.

According to Father Charles T. Durante, Pastor of Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic Church of Carson City, it will include dialogue among leaders of Muslim, Protestant, Hindu, and Jewish faiths besides Catholic. The Conference will be held on January ninth and tenth.

Invited religious figures include acclaimed Hindu leader Rajan Zed, Reverend V. James Jeffrey, Rabbi Myra Soifer and Imam Abdul Rahim Barghouthi, besides Durante.

Catholic Diocese of Reno, established in 1931, covers 70,852 square miles spread in eleven Nevada counties in addition to Carson City. Before 1840, this area was under the Diocese of Sonora in Mexico, when it came under the jurisdiction of Bishop Moreno of California. Current Bishop is Most Reverend Randolph R. Calvo.

Rajan Zed has congratulated the Catholic Diocese efforts in reaching out to other religions for a dialogue. “Religion is a complex component of human life. Dialogue helps us to see interconnections and interdependencies between religions and even similarities in doctrines,” Zed adds.


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Flashforward – Why People Hate The USA