Lead Kindly Light

Lead Kindly Light

Notes from on the way

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Dimitri chuckles to himself as he watches Jakob, his father, rehearsing a troupe of clowns. Amid scenes of much hilarity they attempt and spectacularly fail to persuade three stubborn billy goats and a group of five lively piglets to perform a series of circus tricks. Eventually Jakob is happy that the choreography has been established […]

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A certain master-juggler, Li-Ho, once told Dimitri, his apprentice, a story about the legendary Yiliao. It was said that he was the first to achieve the near impossible feat of juggling nine balls at once. In a battle between the states of Chu and Song, the two armies confronted each other. When Yiliao appeared at […]

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“Life is but a rehearsal for the Great Performance to come. You’ll come to know that one day,” Arturo said. “The public think that circus people are odd-balls, freaks who can’t or plain refuse to live a normal, everyday life: forever on the move, without roots, aloof, outsiders with their own language, strange traditions and […]

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Even if we don’t have direct experience we all know, or at least we all think we know, what it means to have advanced far along the path. The trouble is that in the early stages we all imagine something different. We sometimes take too much notice of the sensational accounts of those who claim […]

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Non-duality is an experience. It’s also a theory about the way the universe works; and its influence is as widespread as the mystical impulse itself. We can encounter ideas about non-duality in a whole host of places. As a religious concept non-duality has been predominantly associated with Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism. In recent years however it […]

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(From the teachings of Han-Su) To see a thing is no more than the perception of a mind gazing out from itself and perceiving a surface on which to rest when none really exists. Even the light from the stars is unseen in the vastness of the great ocean of the deep until it touches […]

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The study and practice of the virtues is a vast science, containing many things of beauty and wonder for the seeker of the Way. If we approach it in the right manner the subject can open up to reveal the pivotal part they play ‘in the mingled yarn’ of material life, as well as on […]

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“Only those whose minds are Pure are equal to the labours of Renunciation.”(Narada) Whether we be seeking to gradually unveil our true Individuality or Identity, and with a pristine Vision and profound Understanding, unveil the secrets of radiant Beauty and sacred Truth; these being securely hidden behind the dense screens of external Nature; free from […]

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May I too, find favour in the sight of God by remembering the wisdom of my soul. That I might give voice to my inarticulate heart, which yearns to praise the Light in the darkness of its forgetfulness. Thus may I approach Thee, in reverence and awe, Oh Ahura-Mazda, suppliant to Thy great Majesty, lest […]

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Each fully developed virtue is like a beautiful jewel. Many of our brightest may still lie hidden, still to be mined; or perhaps mined, but still to be cut, or polished and set. These are the latent powers of our inner light, of which most of us are as yet only partly conscious, if at […]

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We commonly define articles of faith as the set of doctrines a person or a group holds to be true. In a religious context we sometimes refer to believers as members of the Anglican faith or the Hindu faith, for example. Faith in this sense expresses our deeply held belief in the teachings of our […]

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In the ultra-materialistic West many of us have the sense that our normal everyday lives seem disconnected from anything we might consider spiritual. However even here and now there are those who feel an ‘inner something’ drawing them to look further and deeper into the spiritual side of things. There has never been a time when men and […]

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Abrahamic religions apart, beliefs about reincarnation are ancient and widespread across much of the world. However, even among those who believe in it there are also important disagreements. Not least of these concern the conditions the self may find itself in following the death of the physical body. It’s clear that the original teachings on […]

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Interest in magic is on the increase in the West. There’s plenty of evidence that witchcraft, magic spells, ritualistic and ceremonial magic, white magic, black magic, sorcery – the list is almost endless – are attracting inexperienced seekers of all ages and backgrounds. The growth of the internet seems to have stimulated some of the […]

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Any survey of religious faiths will uncover a mind-boggling hotchpotch of differing conceptions of heaven and hell. Every culture has had something to say about the immortality of the soul and its progress after death to a more or less perfect existence. They are very ancient and persistent ideas. Consequently, our beliefs about the afterlife, […]

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Struggling with the concepts of good and evil, and particularly the so-called ‘problem of evil’, has led some to question the notion of God as the All-fair, the All-true and the All-good.  The material thinking part of our nature seems bound by the logic that either God is not absolute, or is in some way […]

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There can be no more significant achievement than to gain a measure of inner peace. It is the foundation upon which is built all progress for all men and women. It’s almost impossible to exaggerate its importance for seekers. It is the master-key, the first, middle and final step. At all stages of the path […]

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