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Letter to Genie!

(Painting: Alla Tsank)

When our hearts are small, our understanding and compassion are limited, and we suffer. We can’t accept or tolerate others and their shortcomings, and we demand that they change. But when our hearts expand, these…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on March 12, 2017 at 4:59pm — 1 Comment

A guest house

Chagall 1954: Abraham and the Three Angels

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on December 21, 2016 at 10:08am — No Comments

Happy Mother's Day

Photo : Philipp Borges,Vicentina, Perù, Enduring Spirit

"The relationship between mother and child is the foremost analogy used in developing compassion. According to the medieval Indian and Tibetan traditions, the traditional way of cultivating…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on May 8, 2016 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Once in a while

Once in a while

I just let time wear on

leaning against a

solitary pine

standing speechless,

as does the whole universe!

Ah, who can share

this solitude with me?



-…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on April 29, 2016 at 8:04am — 2 Comments

When you recognize your own song...

There is a tribe in Africa called the Himba tribe, where the birth date of a child is counted not from when they were born, nor from when they are conceived but from the day that the child was a thought in its mother’s mind. And when a woman decides that she will have a child, she goes off and…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on April 9, 2016 at 6:13pm — 5 Comments

Live in joy

Art : Elena Ray

‘Live in joy,

In love,

Even among those who hate.

Live in joy,

In health,

Even among the afflicted.

Live in joy,

In peace,

Even among the troubled.

Look…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on January 2, 2016 at 11:55pm — No Comments

Buddha's Discourse on Good Will

May all beings be filled with joy and peace.

May all beings everywhere,

The strong and the weak,

The great and the small,

The mean and the powerful,

The short and the long,

the subtle and the gross:



May all beings everywhere,

Seen and…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on December 22, 2015 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Between two worlds

Art : Joel Robison, Between two worlds.

"You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it.…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on November 21, 2015 at 1:50pm — No Comments

The beauty of Nature

Image: Yukon, Tushti Lake mirrors the cloudy and blue sky.

"You know when you see something like a marvelous mountain against the blue sky, the vivid, bright, clear, unpolluted snow, the majesty of it drives all your thoughts, your…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on November 20, 2015 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Double Vision: Duality and Nonduality in Human Experience

"Opening to the full play of human experience allows for the possibility of a sudden dawning of wakefulness, known in Tibet’s Mahamudra tradition as ‘coemergent wisdom’ or 'wisdom born within.’ This is a sudden dropping away of dualistic fixation, allowing a direct and often abrupt entry into…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on September 12, 2015 at 6:43pm — No Comments

The Lotus

THE LOTUS

"...you can hear a sound like a sigh or 'aah' -- an audible indication of awakening..."

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"Buried in the rank, dark muck of stagnant mosquito-infested swamp water, a brown seed the size of a bean lies waiting; it is…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on July 19, 2015 at 10:19pm — 1 Comment

WHERE THE TWO SEAS MEET

Illustration of the Sufi Saint Khidr (the Green One) Wearing A Green Robe and Standing on a Fish that carries him over Water, circa 1700's.

"The place where the two seas meet is the locus of the mystical journey, "where the dead…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on January 17, 2015 at 7:47am — 1 Comment

World's Oldest Trees

Woman Spends 14 Years Photographing World's Oldest Trees

Beth Moon, a photographer based in San Francisco, has been searching for the world’s oldest trees for the past 14 years. She has traveled all around the globe to capture the most magnificent trees that grow in remote locations and look as old as the world itself.

"Standing as the earth’s largest and oldest living monuments, I believe these symbolic trees will take on a greater…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on December 31, 2014 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Desiderata

Desiderata





Go placidly amid the noise and haste,

and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender

be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;

and listen to others,

even the dull and the ignorant;

they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,

they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,

you may…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on July 19, 2014 at 2:30am — No Comments

This man became known as the Buddha.

Over 2,500 years ago, a man who had been searching for the truth for many, many lifetimes came to a quiet place in northern India and sat down under a tree. He continued to sit under the tree, with immense resolve, and vowed not to get up until he had found the truth. At dusk, it is said, he conquered…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on June 15, 2014 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Punishment

 

All fear punishment, all fear death.

Therefore, do not kill, or cause to kill.

Do as you would want done to you.

 

All fear punishment, all love life.

Therefore, do not kill, or cause to kill.

Do…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on February 5, 2014 at 2:28am — No Comments

Invictus

 

Invictus by William Ernest Henley. The story behind the poem is also impressive: Henley contracted tuberculosis of the bone when he was 13. At age 17, physicians had to amputate one of his legs.

 

 

Invictus

 

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on January 25, 2014 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

The Beauty of Generosity

 

 

 

It was our belief that the love of possessions is a weakness to be overcome.

 

Its appeal is to the material part, and if allowed its way, it will in time disturb

 

one’s spiritual balance. Therefore,…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on January 1, 2014 at 7:19pm — 2 Comments

Metamorphosis by Maria-Luise Bodirsky

 

May you awaken to the mystery of being here

and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.

May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.

May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers beckon.

May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage to follow its path.

May the flame of anger free you from falsity.

May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame and may anxiety never linger about you.

May your outer dignity…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on July 17, 2013 at 10:52pm — No Comments

Earth is Our Common Home

 

Earth is Our Common Home

 

Rene Wadlow

 

My life is interwoven

with countless other lives,

human and non-human;

together we create the wholeness

that is earth.

I cannot be except as part

of that wholeness;

because of that wholeness

I am a world citizen.

 

In humanity,

Life becomes especially conscious of itself.

It can reflect upon who it…

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Added by Luna Arjuna on January 5, 2013 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Quote of the moment:

"PEACE
NOT WAR
GENEROSITY
NOT GREED
EMPATHY
NOT HATE
CREATIVITY
NOT DESTRUCTION
EVERYBODY
NOT JUST US"

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