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Subtle Neshamot

Neshamot – A Subtle Physiology
By Leo Bahrman, 2007

Is there an equivalency for the idea of chakras within Christianity?

Chakras are a well known phenomena as taught within Hinduism and Buddhism. The word ‘chakra’ means wheels or turning, and are the wheels or centers of energy located usually at seven points along the spinal column of the subtle yogic body. The energy is said to lay dormant, coiled as it were at the base of the spine. This ‘coiled’ energy is often depicted as a sleeping serpent called ‘kundalini’- meaning ‘coiled’. And so various yogic techniques are used to awaken this energy, and then to raise it up, so as to penetrate each of what are 7 chakras, until the topmost chakra, Sahasrara-chakra, is attained, thus Continue reading

Christian Night Mara

Drought AustraliaReason For the Temptation Of Christ
From Grasping God [edited]

God wanted Christ properly qualified to be the sacrificial Lamb for the human race. The temptation of Christ was an event God would use to prepare his Son.

Let me explain. Hebrews 2:17-18 says, “For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

You see, Christ in his humanity had to be treated like us – suffering like us. Christ had to be attacked like we’re attacked, in order that he could sympathize with us, fully experiencing what we do. Continue reading

The Seven Deadly Sins – Envy

evil eye BWFSWhat Are The Seven Deadly Sins?

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Envy/Jealousy

This capital sin is named envy which is related to avarice and it’s the tendency to be sad by another’s good. And many time, the sadness actually causes the person who is experiencing it to desire that the other person be deprived of the particular good in question.

We know that we are being envious when we feel uncomfortable when we hear someone else being praised. Perhaps you’ll remember yourself in a group of people at a dinner or get-together where Continue reading

The Seven Deadly Sins – Sloth

Sloth Steven BurkettThe Seven Deadly Sins

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Sloth

Like all sin, Sloth is an excess of something good. That something good is leisure and recreation…rest, time off. St. Thomas Aquinas tells us that we take time off in order to be able to work better and we understand from that principle that the purpose of leisure is to enhance our ability to work. And if we ever take too much leisure, to the extent that it impairs our ability to work or the quantity of time we give to work, it becomes sinful…and that is sloth.

Like all the capital sins, it is in all of us to a certain extent — that willingness to take too much free time. If we let it go, it can have devastating effects. The most important effect of sloth is in our spiritual lives. Continue reading

The Seven Deadly Sins – Greed

India and World BankWhat Are The Seven Deadly Sins?

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Avarice/Greed

Avarice (from Latin avarus,greedy“; “to crave“) is the inordinate love for riches. And it’s important to know that it is defined by an inordinate desire not by an ordinate possession. For the poor, when desiring something inordinately, are avaricious.

In order to understand avarice, we need to understand that all made things are made to serve God. When they do not serve God they become disordered. And so it’s necessary for us to use certain things in order to keep our lives going. It’s necessary for us to buy food and use transportation, and to have Continue reading

The Seven Deadly Sins – Lust

Miley Cyrus TwerkWhat Are The Seven Deadly Sins?

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Lust

Lust in us is an unfortunate tendency more or less violent especially from the age of puberty (or adolescence), to indulge in this pleasure within and even outside of marriage. This is the tendency that is called lust and which is condemned by the sixth and the ninth commandments: Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery and Thou Shall Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Wife.

Lust not only concerns exterior actions, but also interior ones. All interior actions with ourselves or with others are forbidden by the Law of God. All thoughts, fantasies, or desires, are forbidden, except Continue reading

Parable of the Sower

brilliantsMatthew 13
The Parable of the Sower
New International Version (NIV)

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying:

“A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

brilliants10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” 11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. Continue reading

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