Thou workest Thine own work….

O Mother, all is done after Thine own sweet will;
Thou art in truth self-willed, Redeemer of mankind!
Thou workest Thine own work; men only call it theirs.

SONG from GOSPEL OF SRI RAMAKRISHNA

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on the way to shivahood….

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There is no end to the love of God. It is an inexhaustible treasure! The more you drink of it, the more thirsty you feel; and ultimately, losing yourself in bliss, you forget yourself and are merged in it. Then, this little individuality will melt away and divinity will take its place; in place of this corpse-like existence, the divine consciousness (Shivahood) will illumine the soul; the dance of death will cease for ever and you will attain to Immortality.

SWAMI VIRAJANANADA

the clear water…

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the clear water...

To illustrate the plurality of spiritual moods or sacred traditions, RamaKrishna told this parable. The Hindus call that which quenches our thirst ‘jal’, Muslims call it ‘pani’, the English call it ‘water’. Similarly, each brings a container that is a product of a different culture, and yet they all draw from exactly the same source of refreshment. The clear water of Consciousness, with no shape of its own, perfectly fills the cultural receptacles. Even this analogy could mislead, however, if we concluded that Consciousness is a substance separate from us or from various receptacles. All is Consciousness. As RamaKrishna expresses it:”God alone is.”
Lex Hixon, Coming Home:The Experience of Enlightenment in Sacred Traditions, 36

oh, beloved one, turn ceaselessly….

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oh, beloved one, turn ceaselessly....

This conscious turning toward your own True Source is the way to learn purity of heart and compassionate action. Turn ceaselessly toward Allah Most High…..

from The Heart of the Qurʼan: An Introduction to Islamic Spirituality, by Lex Hixon)

Wherever there is Shiva, sheer transcendent awareness, there is Shakti, the compassionate energy of manifestation. Shiva and Shakti are always together in mystic union. As the master teaches, one cannot consider the Absolute without the relative or the relative without the Absolute….This is all the play of God.

(from Great Swan: Meetings with Ramakrishna, by Lex Hixon)