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Hidden Symbolisms of the Bible

By | 2018-09-22T03:11:03+00:00 September 22nd, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As someone who has attended church since before I could walk, in a family comprised entirely of devout Christians, and having read the Bible cover to cover it has become increasingly clear to me that these holy scriptures were meant to be taken symbolically, not [...]

10 Haile Selassie Quotes About Peace, Spirituality, and Unity

By | 2018-09-14T04:23:53+00:00 September 14th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , |

Haile Selassie was Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930 and emperor from 1930 to 1974. He is a defining figure in Ethiopian history. His internationalist views led to Ethiopia becoming a charter member of the United Nations, and his political thought and experience in promoting multilateralism [...]

Frankincense Trees History and Traditional Uses

By | 2018-09-13T17:18:16+00:00 September 13th, 2018|Categories: Herbs & Plants, Knowledge, Spirituality, Substances|Tags: , , , , , , |

Frankincense is tapped from the scraggy but hardy trees by slashing the bark, which is called striping and allowing the exuded resin to bleed out and harden. These hardened resins are called tears. There are several species and varieties of frankincense trees, each producing a [...]

What is Religious Experience?

By | 2018-09-12T01:20:27+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Categories: Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A religious experience (sometimes known as a spiritual experience, sacred experience, or mystical experience) is a subjective experience which is interpreted within a religious framework. The concept originated in the 19th century, as a defense against the growing rationalism of Western society. William James popularised [...]

Astral Body: The Subtle Body Between the Intelligent Soul and the Mental Body

By | 2018-08-29T13:07:24+00:00 August 29th, 2018|Categories: Consciousness, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The astral body is a subtle body posited by many philosophers, intermediate between the intelligent soul and the mental body, composed of a subtle material. The concept ultimately derives from the philosophy of Plato: it is related to an astral plane, which consists of the [...]

Raja Yoga: The Highest State of Yoga Practice

By | 2018-08-10T23:13:57+00:00 August 10th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In Sanskrit texts, Raja yoga refers to the goal of yoga (which is usually samadhi) and not a method of attaining it. The term also became a modern retronym, when in the 19th-century Swami Vivekananda equated raja yoga with the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Since [...]

Top 11 Quotes by Sri Anandamayi Ma

By | 2018-08-06T11:44:08+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , |

Sri Anandamayi Ma was an Indian saint from Bengal. Swami Sivananda (Divine Life Society) described her as "the most perfect flower the Indian soil has produced." Anandamayi Ma was born on 30 April 1896 to the orthodox Vaishnava Brahmin couple Bipinbihari Bhattacharya and Mokshada Sundari [...]

What is the Meaning of the Pentagram Symbol?

By | 2018-08-02T12:16:39+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

What is the meaning of the Pentagram? Can the Pentagram symbolize good and evil? The Pentagram is the symbol of a five-pointed star and has had a few different names over the centuries. It has been known as a pentalpha, a star pentagon, pentacle, petagle [...]

Black Cat – Good and Bad Luck Superstitions

By | 2018-07-30T23:20:03+00:00 July 30th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Today, it is difficult to imagine that black cats were once dreaded and persecuted. After all, some of our favorite and most famous characters have been black cats, such as Felix the Cat, Snowball II of The Simpsons, and Sylvester the tuxedo kitty. However, the [...]

How Some Religions Think About Alien Life?

By | 2018-07-30T11:52:52+00:00 July 30th, 2018|Categories: Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

What would your priest, rabbi, or imam say if we discovered alien life? For the religious, knowing that life on Earth is not unique may demand radical new ways of thinking about ourselves: How special and sacred are we? Is Earth a privileged place? Do [...]