How To Lift The Seven Veils of Illusion on the Path to Enlightenment

How To Lift The Seven Veils of Illusion on the Path to EnlightenmentThe journey to enlightenment is the removal of the seven veils of illusion. They can more easily be removed during moments of cosmic light or in special meditations. Alternatively you may wake up one morning feeling that things are different. A veil may have been released during your spiritual journey of the night...

Why Judas Was Actually More Of A Saint, Than A Sinner

Detail Da Vinci’s The Last Supper by Giacomo Raffaelli. Judas seated second right. Alberto Fernandez Fernandez [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY

Easter’s almost here, the time when Christian communities reflect on the death of Jesus and celebrate his resurrection. It’s also a time when the biblical character Judas Iscariot is remembered for his betrayal of Jesus. In many Orthodox and Catholic countries an effigy of Judas is burned as part of the Easter rituals, a custom continued in areas of Liverpool in the UK until as late as the mid-20th century.

Recognizing Yourself As A Mystic: Remembering and Understanding

Recognizing Yourself As A Mystic: Remembering and UnderstandingI’m convinced every person on this earth is a mystic. I’m also convinced almost every person on this earth has forgotten all about this. A mystical experience is more about remembering and understanding. The mystical experience profoundly propels you to not only transform ingrained beliefs about limitations, but also remember intrinsic wholeness...

The Kingdom of Heaven Is Not Out There, It's In Here

The Kingdom of Heaven Is Not Out There, It's In HereAfter more than two decades in the ashram with Maharishi, I had not experienced what I was seeking—a true connection and direct relationship with God in a personal way. Luckily, after leaving the ashram, I found a means to connect to Spirit through listening to the “still small voice” of divine guidance and wisdom within—to have direct, two-way “conversations with God.”

A Misunderstanding: Sometimes God Doesn't Answer Our Prayers

A Misunderstanding about God: Sometimes God Answers Our PrayersMuch of the world believes in a God who hears our prayers and sometimes gives us what we ask for and sometimes does not. Why do hoped-for events or conditions manifest in our lives if it’s not God’s “mood” that determines whether our wishes are granted? How do miracles happen? What makes dreams come true? And what is at cause when they do not?

Is God And Religion Combined With Fundamentalism The Unholy Trinity?

Is God And Religion Combined With Fundamentalism The Unholy Trinity?

There are many arguments for the existence of God – Anselm’s ontological argument, the cosmological argument, the teleological argument, the moral argument and the “immediate experience of God” argument. But if you don’t already believe, these arguments won’t convince you. They are post-hoc constructions to shore up existing beliefs.

Presbyterian Church (USA) Decision Expands the Meaning and Malleability of Marriage

Presbyterian Church (USA) Decision Expands the Meaning and Malleability of MarriageThe Presbyterian Church (USA) has voted through a clear majority of its presbyteries (local governing bodies) to define marriage as being between two persons. The vote will also permit sessions – the ruling bodies of particular congregations – to host same-sex weddings and for the clergy of the church to perform such ceremonies.

For New Generations of Muslims Learning is the Traditional and Best Remedy

For New Generations of Muslims Learning is the Traditional and Best RemedyThere is nothing in Islam that makes it dangerous or threatening to a modern Western way of life. However, those looking to incite violence and hatred are always capable of finding textual references in almost anything to fuel their prejudices. We must combat this by fostering a culture of learning and an acceptance of diverse experiences and opinions.

Berlin to Build a Mosque, Synagogue, and Church All Under the Same Roof

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In 2009, archaeologists working in the heart of Berlin excavated the foundations of what is thought to be one of the city's first churches, St. Peter's Church, built in the early 12th century, in what is now the Petriplatz area. The church was destroyed during WW II and in its aftermath. The site is now little more than a wasteland—but that is set to change...

Ancient Stories and the Geological Events That May Have Inspired Them

Ten Ancient Stories and the Geological Events That  May Have Inspired Them

Myths have fed the imaginations and souls of humans for thousands of years. The vast majority of these tales are just stories people have handed down through the ages. But a few have roots in real geological events of the past, providing warning of potential dangers and speaking to the awe we hold for the might of the planet.

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