What is true love?

Attempts to define genuine love are as old as mankind. There probably is no single universal definition of what love is. But I feel there are many components of true, genuine love. One criterion is non-possessiveness. Only love which does not seek to possess its object is true love. The term ‘possess’ has several denotations […]

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Is struggle necessary?

There are times when the sincere student of mysticism may find themselves making the following remarks: “I am tired of struggling and cannot understand why it is necessary to go through all of this! Haven’t I been through enough?” “Why does humanity have to go through so many struggles in life? What is the purpose […]

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Expanding our Consciousness

Throughout our lifespan, our consciousness expands by the acquisition of knowledge and experience. In this continued growth of human consciousness lies the hope of the world. The parallel in the physical world to this expansion of consciousness is found in the equivalent physical growth of the body. An infant is undeveloped, but it is the […]

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Our Inner Evolution

Since the beginning of human evolution, our efforts to protect and evolve ourselves and improve our knowledge of the world around us, to organise community life, to establish laws and a well-ordered society, have all been the subject of a singular purpose. From our Palaeolithic state to modern times, humanity has struggled for survival. In […]

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The Light of the World

There is an inner conviction for those who have awakened their spiritual sight; a conviction that the day will come when certain spiritual leaders will appear on the world scene who will raise the spiritual consciousness of humanity by their individual efforts in various fields. Many who believe they recognise this trend in world affairs, […]

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What is a successful life?

Today, in this modern era, we think fast, speak fast, eat fast, walk fast. Modern society puts pressure on us to move at a quick pace. It is so easy to get caught up in things that we can become like robots. We can forget how to truly live; we become disconnected from our souls […]

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Transcending the Ego

Many successful people, having achieved most or all of the goals they set for themselves, find that they are still not happy. Something does not feel right. After running out of goals, those whose lives become frustrated and then intolerable sometimes feel driven to seek outside help. They want to know, “How come things aren’t […]

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The Rose – reflections on its meaning

The rose can have several meanings across many different cultures and traditions. This beautiful flower that we can find growing in our garden is most commonly associated with love. Indeed, the red rose can be a symbol of passion, a gift between lovers. The Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, is often depicted with roses in […]

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The Influence of the Mystical Life

We are all influenced to a greater or lesser degree by the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Our environment, which we ourselves have helped to create, has had much effect upon us all, but the greatest influence is through our own thoughts and conduct. What we think and what we do makes us what […]

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The Art of Compassion

The word “compassion” derives from the Latin words com (together) and pati (suffering or feeling). This has generally been taken to mean the feeling of sorrow or deep pity for the suffering of others. Compassion is not so much an uncommon word as an uncommon experience in Western culture. As a word, it is difficult […]

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