“You never identify yourself with the shadow cast by your body, or with its reflection, or with the body you see in a dream or in your imagination. Therefore you should not identify yourself with this living body, either.”
~ Adi Shankaracarya
Another Bloody Retreat: Abbot Peter’s desert years by Simon Parke
‘My visit to the desert was supposed to be a brief one. I was sent there with simple instructions: close the monastery of St James-the-Less. This was not the famous monastery of St Catherine’s, set on Mt Sinai, featuring Moses’ burning bush and a library to die for.
This was St James-the-Less set at the bottom of the Valley of Death, on the bleak edge of nowhere, and never knowingly visited by Moses or anyone else. Read more...
The Illusion of the Summerland by Paul Beard Living on earth is bound up with a great deal of illusion, of Maya. William Blake puts it forcibly: “Do what you will, this life's a fiction and is made up of contradiction.”
As we have seen, such a state of affairs by no means disappears at death. Since humans bring many of their former illusions with them, their insight into the events which now present themselves must be expected also to be tangled up with their limitations. Nevertheless, we are able on earth, even when prey to a good deal of such illusion, to achieve a degree of spiritual growth. After death, as we shall see in later chapters, the situation is similar.
Premonitions of Disaster & Death by Michael Tymn In one of his many stories, From the Old World to the New, a novel published in 1892, William T. Stead described the sinking of a ship as a result of hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic. The story involved an actual ship named the Majestic, captained by Edward J. Smith, who later captained the "Titanic."
Dreaming of Death Recently I was talking with my daughters mother ‘R’, and she told me she had just had a dream and in the dream a woman who was an acquaintance of hers was there. The woman wasn’t a close friend and R hadn’t seen her for some time.
She said the woman was serene and smiling and she sensed she was dead. (In the physical sense)
English Professor Discovers a Different Reality by Michael Tymn: Brought up in the Catholic Church, Dr. Frank Juszczyk, a professor emeritus of English at Western New Mexico University, has explored Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Quakerism, Unitarianism, Swedenborgianism,… Read more
The Key to Overcoming Grief by Michael Tymn: As I understand it, today’s “grief counselors” encourage people to get over their grief from losing a loved one by putting the past behind them and living in the present. Less nicely put, it means pretty… Read more
An Afterlife Story of Undying Love & Devotion by Michael Tymn: Arthur James Balfour is most remembered as a British statesman, primarily as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1902 to 1905, but he is also remembered for one of the most intriguing love stories… Read more