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Exploring the World Religions

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  I have some CDs of Turkish Sufis chanting “Hooooooooo” during their Zikar ceremony. The HOO (HU) is the Sufi equivalent to the Hindu OOOM (AUM) chant. The Sufi mystics of Islam traditionally pronounce it “WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO.” It’s a holy name that turns up in the poetry of Rumi and other Sufi poet-mystics of the East. According to the Sant tradition of India, HU is a sacred word esoterically associated with Trikuti, the heavenly realm also known as Brahm Lok. 

Read more: The HU Chant Of The Sufis

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  Those interested in the health benefits of the relaxation response are learning to use meditation to reduce stress. Christians searching for a deeper spirituality are finding, through the meditative practice of centering prayer, a way to reconnect with their lost contemplative heritage. In recent decades, spiritual Masters from Asia have introduced techniques to Westerners who have been yearning to find spiritual fulfillment. Many are discovering the wonders of inner space.

Read more: Light And Sound Are Within You - Meditation for Beginners

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  “The God who speaks to the human spirit in the silence is not limited by language, because the language of the spirit is universal. Whoever listens to this God-without-words, by means of faith, inspiration, contemplation, tuning in to the wavelength of the Spirit, recognizes that God sends out continuous messages.” (The Lord of Silence, Quaker publication)

Read more: Receiving Inner Guidance in the Silence of Meditation Part One

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“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” (Albert Einstein)

Read more: Evidence That Jesus and The Original Aramaic Christians Were Vegetarians

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There are the great world religions: Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, the Bahai Faith, Aboriginal/Indigenous/Native American/Sami People, etc. In addition to comparative religion there is also comparative mysticism, the study of various schools of spirituality or mystics that are, or once were, operating within many of these above-mentioned faith communities, East and West. Viewing religions through this particular “lens,” one’s list may include: Kabbalah, Gnosticism (Valentinians, Barbeloites, Nassenes, Manichaeans, Cathers, Bogomils), Hesychasm (Eastern Orthodox mysticism), Syriac and other forms of Monasticism, Quietism, the Beguines, Gottesfreunde or Friends of God, to name a few in the Christian category, Sufism, numerous lineages of Saints, Sant Satgurus and Bhaktas based in India.

Read more: An Inclusive Rather Than Exclusive Spirituality: Kirpal Singh and the Lesson of Nag Hammadi

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  As I begin this exploration of the teachings of Mary Magdalene, also known as Miriam of Magdala I should first of all address the question of Mary’s relationship with Yeshua (Jesus). You might be interested in the actual historic basis for the belief that Mary and Jesus were married or at least were more than friends. While there has been much speculation about this over the years, there is an actual ancient text which preserves this understanding, showing that as far back as the Second AD, probably much earlier then that, many held the view that Jesus and Mary had some kind of special or intimate relationship.

Read more: The Gnostic Gospel of Mar Magdalene

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“Having been blessed with this human form, one must make proper use of their ‘Pradhan Buddhi’ or Supreme intellect by utilizing it for the attainment of Self-Realization and thus make fruitful or productive this human birth.” (The Shri Paramhans Advait Mat Granth)

Read more: Changing Your Destiny By Contemplating The Divine Light Within

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