Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy Ultima Thule New Year



Happy Ultima Thule New Year






Ultima Thule, "a distant unknown region; the extreme limit of travel and discovery", is used as a term for God and Sach Khand by Soamiji Maharaj in his book known as Hidayat Namah (Esoteric Instructions). Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR. May it be one of aspiring to follow the highest path, exploring right to the extreme limits of what can be explored or known, and leading to the experience of Ultimate Reality. 

"Radhasoami Dham is boundless, infinite, endless and immeasurable. It is the Nij Sthan, the special resting place of Sants (Faqirs). That region is the Ultima Thule of all Sants and all speech and description end here." -- Soamiji Maharaj, Hidayat Namah, now an online e-book: https://archive.org/details/HidayatNamahEsotericInstructionsOfSoamiJiMaharajSantRadhasoamiSahib/page/n1   

On New Year's Day humanity will be receiving the first image from New Horizons (the craft that visited Pluto awhile back) as it now encounters the farthest object ever visited, way beyond the orbit of Pluto, thus the name this object has been given: "Ultima Thule". "In classical and medieval literature, Ultima Thule (Latin 'furthermost Thule') acquired a metaphorical meaning of any distant place located beyond the 'borders of the known world'". (Wikipedia)


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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Soami Ji Maharaj -- Sant Radhasoami Sahib



Soami Ji Maharaj -- Sant Radhasoami Sahib



Image of the Book, The Radhasoami Movement, by Om Parkash Kaushal


Image of the Book, The Radhasoami Movement, by Om Parkash Kaushal


OMParkash






Thursday, December 27, 2018

PODCAST: Mystic Verses of Kabir in the Adi Granth (Sikh Scriptures) -- This Is What I Mean By "Sant Mat" -- A Sant Mat Satsang Podcast



PODCAST: Mystic Verses of Kabir in the Adi Granth (Sikh Scriptures) -- This Is What I Mean By "Sant Mat" -- A Sant Mat Satsang Podcast Edition of Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean @ Youtube: https://youtu.be/XSv9Hom5ICc

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Today's Program -- Table of Contents -- Program Outline:

I begin with an end-of-the-year, Solstice, Purnima (Satsang Full Moon Spiritual Retreat), New Year's Message from Shri Hazur 1008 Ardhnam Saheb of the Dharamdasi Kabir Panth. Following that, there are Kabir poems that mention the moon. Then the rest of the program explores the earliest teachings of Guru Kabir preserved in the Adi Granth (Guru Granth, Shri Guru Granth, Sikh Scriptures of India). These are culled from two different translations: 

1) Songs of Kabir from the Adi Granth, by Nirmal Dass, and, 

2) from a line-by-line interlinear collection of all the verses of Kabir in the Granth. 

These present Kabir's key teachings about this Path of the Masters as he intended it to be, and this is what I mean by "Sant Mat". 

"I was being crushed
like seeds in an oil-press -- 
but the Satguru set me free.
Love, old as all my births,
flickered once again."

Taking Off the Heavy Load Through Meditation

Unfettered meditation
brings jiva mukti (liberation):
Your heavy load is taken off.
Welcome Him in your heart,
so you will not be born
again and again.

This meditation
will erase your blemishes;
you will be free from Maya’s touch.
Meditate, meditate, and sing,
“Hari, Hari” [God, God]. You will obtain
this meditation from your true guru [Satguru].

Always, always meditate day and night:
When you rise, when you lie down,
when you breathe in, when you breathe out.
Waking or sleeping,
relish the taste of meditation —
meditation will bring union.

Meditation will remove all your burdens;
meditation upon Ram’s [God’s] name
will become your support.
Kabir, says, “He is limitless.”

-- Kabir, 
Songs of Kabir 
in the Adi Granth,
Nirmal Dass)

"Says Kabir: With my eyes, I see You, Lord; with my ears, I hear Your Name.
With my tongue I chant Your Name; I enshrine Your Lotus Feet within my heart." 

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* Introduction to Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation:

In Divine Love, Light and Sound, Jai Sat Naam, Jai Guru, Satya Raam, Radhasoami, Bandagi Saheb, Peace Be to You, 
James
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

PODCAST: The Gospel of Thomas as a Kind of 'Second Coming' of Christ -- Spiritual Awakening Radio


PODCAST: The Gospel of Thomas as a Kind of 'Second Coming' of Christ -- Spiritual Awakening Radio






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"Know what is before your face, and what is hidden from you will be revealed to you. For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor anything buried which will not be raised up!" (A saying of Jesus from the Greek Oxyrhynchus Gospel of Thomas, Saying 5 that had been buried/lost in Egypt but was raised and published in 1897 in book called, The Sayings of Our Lord) 

There has been a kind of second coming of Christ, not in a physical sense, but rather... what I mean is...  there has been a return of the teachings of Jesus in the form of a collection of sayings of Christ, some of which were first rediscovered in Oxyrhynchus, Egypt during the 19th Century, and published way back in the year 1897 in a book called, The Sayings of Our Lord. Today I will share with you some of these sayings. And you may find, as I do, that as you discover this sayings format, that this gives birth to a new overall appreciation for the sayings of Jesus embedded in the more well-known gospels as well. You'll see the sayings of Jesus in an entirely new way when you encounter the Gospel of Thomas. As I wrote in my article titled, Summarizing the Spiritual Message of the Gospel of Thomas, 'Have always been a fan of this contemplative “wisdom gospel,” with its format of proverbs and parables. It contains absolutely no narrative whatsoever. It’s comprised solely of ... unvarnished sayings of Jesus, one after the other, and that’s it. There is no commentary, no spin, and no story. No more Roman centurions, scribes, Pharisees, and locusts to block our view. Rather than being presented through the “lens” of others, the reader encounters a more direct, unfiltered historic Jesus.'

Saint Augustine quoted the Gospel of Thomas:

"But when the apostles asked
what should be thought about the
prophets of the Jews,
who were thought to have sung
something in the past about his coming,
he was disturbed that they should still
think such things, and replied:
‘You have abandoned the Living One who
is before you,
and are talking about the dead.’"

Gospel of Thomas, saying of Jesus # 52: 
"His disciples said to him,
‘Twenty-four prophets spoke in Israel 
and did all of them speak about you?’
He said to them,
‘You have neglected the Living One
in front of you,
and spoken of the dead.’"

Saint ‘Macarius’ of Syria quoted a saying Jesus not found in the New Testament Gospels: 
"As the Lord has said, 
'The Kingdom of God is 
spread out on the earth, 
and people do not see it.'"

Gospel of Thomas, saying of Jesus # 113):
"The kingdom of the father is
spread out upon the earth,
and people do not see it."


LINK to the Willis Barnstone & Marvin Meyer translation of the Gospel of Thomas online that seems mindful of the Aramaic-Syriac: http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/gosthom-meyer.html


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* Introduction to Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation:

In Divine Love, Light and Sound, Jai Sat Naam, Jai Guru, Satya Raam, Radhasoami, Bandagi Saheb, Peace Be to You, 
James
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts, Spiritual Awakening Radio

Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts, Spiritual Awakening Radio

Fund-raising Campaign

Today is Giving Tuesday, kicking off the charitable season with a celebration of giving and philanthropy.

Dear Spiritual Awakening Radio Listeners Around the World:

On behalf of Spiritual Awakening Radio -- these Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts exploring the Path of the Masters, I want to wish you all the very best for the upcoming Christmas and holiday season and for the New Year 2019. May it be a year full of health, happiness, peace, deeper mediations and progress on all fronts. I also wish for 2019 to not only keep on going... but growing, for it to be a year of expansion of this mission, reaching more people in more podcast venues, in more places, presenting more research into this rare Path of the Masters, placing yet more out-of-print books online; another year of sharing material in English that has up-to-now only been accessible in Hindi, or known only to a small number of people, uploading more spiritual classics of the Saints, Gnostics, Sufis, and other Mystics, making them available to everyone for free, giving them a permanent home on the web... exploring all aspects of the Path: teachings, meditation practice, practical guidance about this Path, and ahimsa ethics (including in the area of diet, as in vegetarian and vegan) -- education for a more peaceful planet. 

In this realm maya (illusion) seems to be quite successful at occupying minds with infinite kinds of distractions. As Kabir has said: 

"Delusion fills the three worlds,
delusion everywhere.
Kabir says (and he’s thought about it),
you live in Delusion Village.
They don’t listen to wise words 
and won’t think for themselves. 
Kabir continues to scream. 
The world goes by like a dream.” 

"Blessed are the souls who in today's materialistic world have an inclination towards spirituality." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)

"Whatever actions bring you closer to God, they are good actions. Whatever actions take you away from God, they are bad actions." (Kirpal Singh)

"Dear Aspirants! Each day strive to do both kinds of satsang: inner and outer. Outer satsang is listening to the teachings of great saints and studying the sacred texts. Inner satsang is the practice of one-pointed meditation." (Maharishi Mehi Paramhans)

"Just as a coded document shows the way to a hidden treasure, just so this Bijak shows the way to realize the soul. It teaches such instructive words to the soul, but there is seldom anyone to understand them." (Bijak of Kabir)

"Only the connoisseur, who will test the Shabda [word], and listen to the teachings with full attention, and within whom these teachings will dwell, only he will understand this." (Anurag Sagar)

"O my friend, I speak nothing
from myself; I only utter what
the Beloved puts into my mouth."
(Guru Nanak) 

Donations support the ongoing efforts to create new radio programs and podcasts, progress at the Sant Mat e-Library and other educational activities online including in the world of social media.

I also want to thank those of you who have so generously supported/donated during this and previous years. Simply put, Spiritual Awakening Radio owes its existence and success to all of you, the listeners. The future of this most unusual endeavour is largely in your hands. 

If you have questions relating your support, please contact me at this email address: James@SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com .  

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Thank you for your support. I look forward to sharing the New Year with you with many new Satsang Podcasts, also gathering together many new books of the Masters online.

Your help is greatly appreciated and needed for 2019 and beyond.

Sincerely Yours, All for the Love of Wisdom and Radio, In Divine Love, Light and Sound, 

James Bean
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God is the Ocean of Love, and Souls are Drops from this Ocean.

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Saturday, August 04, 2018

Requirements for Initiation in Sant Mat (Surat Shabd Yoga: The Inner Light and Sound of God, Inner Light and Sound Meditation)


Requirements for Initiation in Sant Mat (Surat Shabd Yoga: The Inner Light and Sound of God, Inner Light and Sound Meditation)






"You can’t read your way to enlightenment." -- Stephan Hoeller


The focus of the bhakti Sants of India is not on constructing earthly temples, building organizational structures, or temples of the mind. Rather, they guide their students into entering the Temple of the Spirit. The Portal or Doorway to this Temple is within, at the Third Eye Center. See the Charts of the Heavens - Inner Regions - Planes - Levels - Spheres of Creation According to Sant Mat: https://medium.com/sant-mat-radhasoami-books/charts-of-the-heavens-inner-regions-planes-levels-spheres-of-creation-according-to-sant-mat-9132697adaa7


Masters say: "An intense longing to meet the Lord during one's lifetime is the first and foremost qualification for Initiation. 'Seek, and ye shall find', is the principle'".


"Do not cease seeking day or night until you find the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Light, which will purify you, make you into pure Light and lead you into the Kingdom of the Light." -- Yeshua, Book of Faith Wisdom (Pistis Sophia)


"What your own eyes cannot see, your human ears do not hear, your physical hands can not touch, and what is inconceivable to the human mind -- that I will give to you!" -- Yeshua, Gospel of Thomas


Being properly initiated into the secrets of meditation -- the Mysteries of the Kingdom of the Heavens -- by a living Master is the beginning of the Inward Journey. Then, go and do the meditation.


For a thorough introduction to the teachings about Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation, see: An Introduction to Sant Mat -- The Path of the Masters -- India's Sants and Poet-Mystics (Lovers of the Beloved), and Surat Shabd Yoga Meditation Practice: Bhakti of the Inner Light and Sound of God: http://www.spiritualawakeningradio.com/santmat


The Five Precepts of Sant Mat (a Spiritual Way of Life)

At the time of Initiation one vows to practice meditation each day. The spiritual path is a life-long commitment.


+ Moral Requirements for Initiation in Sant Mat

1. Abstinence from alcohol and drugs (intoxicants);

2. Non-Violence (Ahimsa in thought, word, and deed) including vegetarianism* (abstinence from meat, fish, and eggs) -- see footnote* below on vegetarianism and veganism;

3. Lead a truthful life;

4. Practice non-stealing -- an honest, ethical source of income;

5. Loyalty to one's spouse;


+ Another Version of The Five Precepts

1) Refrain from taking the life of sentient beings. [This precept requires strict adherence to a lacto-vegetarian* diet: no meat, fish, poultry or eggs (fertilized or non-fertilized).] (See footnote* below on vegetarianism and veganism);

2) Refrain from speaking what is not true.

3) Refrain from taking what is not yours.

4) Refrain from sexual misconduct.

5) Refrain from using intoxicants.


Initiation into Inner Light and Sound Meditation

In the Sant tradition the complete methods of meditation practice are communicated at the time of Initiation (Diksha) by a living Master (Sant Satguru) or by a representative of a Master. A living Teacher, being fully acquainted with the 'landscape' of Inner Space, is able to impart to initiate-candidates valuable guidance on how to safely make the journey of ascension to the Inner Regions during meditation practice within. This kind of spiritual transmission and the details of Surat Shabd Yoga practice are not found in books, old scriptures of the past, and are not for sale, but are given freely to seekers by a living Teacher.

"What is the place to be reached? When we close our eyes and see darkness, this is the realm of ignorance. When the Light dawns within you, then you understand that you reside in noble regions. In darkness resides ignorance and in Light resides Knowledge. For example, as we are sitting in light right now we are able to see one another. However, if the electric power goes out ensuing total darkness we will not be able to see others. We will not even be aware of other people, coming and going. In this analogy Light signifies knowledge and darkness signifies ignorance. In the same manner when we see darkness with our eyes closed, we are in the realm of death and re-birth [we are unaware of our true nature]. When we come out of the realm of darkness and enter into the realm of Light, we will at the same time transcend the web of death. It is not possible that we can remain in darkness and be free from the net of birth and death. Having achieved inner Light we can be liberated from the cycle of birth and death." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj)


The Goal of Sant Mat Spirituality and Meditation: Our Path Back to the Source -- The Inward Journey Back to God, by Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj 

"Sant Mat (the path and teachings as taught and practiced by Saints [Sant Satgurus]) delineates the path of union of soul with God. The teachings of the saints explain the re-uniting as follows: 

"The individual soul has descended from the higher worlds [the Realm of the Divine] to this city of illusion, bodily existence. It has descended from the Soundless State to the essence of Sound, from that Sound to Light, and finally from the realm of Light to the realm of Darkness. The qualities (dharmas, natural tendencies) of the sense organs draw us downward and away from our true nature. 

"The nature of the soul (atman) draws us upwards and inwards and establishes us in our own true nature. Returning to our origins involves turning inward: withdrawal of consciousness from the senses and the sense objects in order to go upward from the darkness to the realms of Light and Sound. [We experience this phenomenon of withdrawal as we pass from waking consciousness to deep sleep.] Another way to express this is to go inward from the external sense organs to the depth of the inner self. (Both of these expressions are the metaphors that signify the same movement). The natural tendencies of the soul (atman) are to move from outward to inward. The current of consciousness which is dispersed in the nine gates of the body and the senses, must be collected at the tenth gate. 

"The tenth gate is the gathering point of consciousness. Therein lies the path for our return. The tenth gate is also known as the sixth chakra, the third eye, bindu, the center located between the two eyebrows. This is the gateway through which we leave the gates of the sense organs and enter in the divine realms and finally become established in the soul. We travel back from the Realm of Darkness to the Realm of Light, from the Light to the Divine Sound, and from the Realm of Sound to the Soundless State. This is called turning back to the Source. 

"This is what dharma or religion really intends to teach us. This is the essence of dharma." (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj, "Harmony Of All Religions"). 


* Note about Vegetarianism, Veganism, and Sant Mat: Traditionally in India the diet of Sant Mat and the yoga system generally has been, and is, lacto-vegetarian. But, if Buddha, Mahavara, Kabir, Guru Nanak, Tulsi Das, Tulsi Sahib, and so many other great Saints were with us now, I am convinced they not only would be vegetarian, but that they would be advocating the vegan diet as the ideal in keeping with ahimsa values of non-violence and peace for the 21st Century. I believe, based on the current practices of the dairy industry in India and around the world, that classic Saints such as Guru Kabir, Guru Nanak, Tukarama, Ravidas, Tulsi Das, Namdev, Dariya Sahib, etc... if they were here today, would not only be advocating a vegetarian diet but a vegan diet. These days, many are making this transition, including in Sant Mat. This is the direction that the vegetarian movement is headed in. Vegetarianism is going vegan.


See the article, Vegetarianism, Veganism, and Sant Mat, Plus a Compilation of Veg Quotes of the East & West: https://medium.com/sant-mat-meditation-and-spirituality/vegetarianism-veganism-and-sant-mat-by-james-bean-plus-a-compilation-of-veg-quotes-of-the-east-5cf75671e0a8




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Thursday, July 05, 2018

PODCAST: The Spiritual Seekers Guide, Simran Practice in Sant Mat, and Introductory Meditation Instructions -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast & Spiritual Awakening Radio


PODCAST: The Spiritual Seekers Guide, Simran Practice in Sant Mat, and Introductory Meditation Instructions -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast & Spiritual Awakening Radio




PODCAST: The Spiritual Seekers Guide, Simran Practice in Sant Mat, and Introductory Meditation Instructions -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast & Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean @ Youtube:

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Below Are NOTES About Today's PODCAST (7-3-18)

There is No Spirituality Without Spirit: "So long as you do not experience the withdrawal of spirit within you [during meditation], the spiritual path is a myth for you. To attain this experience, you have to perform the spiritual practices with full zest and fervour every day as prescribed by a living master." (The Spiritual Seekers Guide)

This spiritual exercise of repeating God’s Name (Simran) helps to uplift our day, to bring some of the heaven and bliss of meditation into our down-to-earth daily experience, and is a way to remember in a world of forgetfulness, to remain awake in a world of spiritual slumber, to abide in Truth, no longer dominated by the forces of illusion. Be who you really are wherever you go, "a spiritual being having a human experience."

"Sit silent," says Tukarama, "compose thy mind and make it pure, and then happiness will know no bounds. God will certainly come and dwell in his heart. This will be the result of thy long effort. Meditate time after time on God's name ...... says Tuka, "that this will surely come to pass, if thou hast one-pointed devotion".

"Without doing the practices of Sumiran [Simran, the Remembrance of God by the repetition of His Name or Names] and Dhyan [meditation upon the form of a Sant Satguru], the hold of Karmas past and present on the mind will not be loosened and therefore the mind will always be wavering with thoughts.... The Lord is bountiful. Your entire life must revolve round Him. Subject yourself to this way of life. There is no room for dejection. With firm faith in the Divine Hand you should aspire for Truth. You will realise the Creator within you. God helps those who realise their own limitations and pine for the Ultimate Truth in all humility." 
(The Spiritual Seekers Guide)

Till All Souls Are Emancipated: "The human frame becomes blessed when the Supreme Father descends in it. Such a person enjoys the highest bliss...Param Guru Soami Ji Maharaj was pleased to ordain that the Supreme Current would continue to remain in the world in human form so long as the entire creation is not redeemed."  (The Spiritual Seekers Guide)

"The Way of Sages -- Santmat -- encompasses a set of ageless moral values, a belief in a Higher Power, and most importantly a methodology for realization of the Highest and the state of absolute Peace within one’s own self. Incorporated in that methodology is an interior road map, as it were, of the various stages, spiritual landmarks, and relevant advice from a qualified adept for achieving the goal.

"Santmat is not confined to the beliefs, rituals, and dogmas of any specific religions. Being universal in nature it embraces the Truths found in most of the world’s sacred texts and religious traditions. Santmat emphasizes the universal thread running through all the various traditions.

"The attainment of ultimate spiritual Peace and supreme Joy within oneself is the ultimate goal of Santmat as described by Maharishi Mehi and other great sages. Although this path is not content with meager goals, it is extremely easy to understand and practice. Progress is certain, although, for most, eager and persistent effort is required."  (TheWayOfSages.com)

Introductory Meditation Instructions From Huzur Baba Sawan Singh

"As to any exercises which might help you, until the time of your initiation, I can only suggest at this time that you may sit in meditation, in a quiet place, like your own bedroom or some room as secluded as possible, and with spine and body erect, in a comfortable position, fix all the attention at the center just back of the two eyes, and slowly repeat the word RADHASWAMI, fixing the mind on the Supreme Being who is your Supreme Father."  (Hazur Baba Sawan Singh)

Online e-Book: The Spiritual Seekers Guide is a collection of discourses on the spiritual journey and Radhasoami Faith by Huzur Dayal Sahab. They are originally from an english Magazine Dayalpuri Radhasoami Satsang: https://archive.org/details/ASpiritualSeekersGuide

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

PODCAST: A Vegetarian Jesus and Apostles at the Beginning of Christianity, and, The Gospels of the Ebionites, The Hebrew Christians -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast & Spiritual Awakening Radio


PODCAST: A Vegetarian Jesus and Apostles at the Beginning of Christianity, and, The Gospels of the Ebionites, The Hebrew Christians -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast & Spiritual Awakening Radio





PODCAST: A Vegetarian Jesus and Apostles at the Beginning of Christianity, and, The Gospels of the Ebionites, The Hebrew Christians -- Sant Mat Satsang Podcast & Spiritual Awakening Radio With James Bean @ Youtube:

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NOTES About Today's PODCAST (6-12-18)

Link to My Updated and Expanded Article: Evidence That Jesus and The Original Aramaic Christians Were Vegetarians, By James Bean (Exploring the World Religions Column):

Two Podcasts Combined to Create a Presentation Over Ninety Minutes in Length Intended to Be the Most Comprehensive Collection Ever of Vegetarian References Providing Evidence For the Vegetarianism of Yeshua (Jesus), the Apostles, the Jesus Movement (Hebrew Christians, Ebionites,) and Other Expressions of Early Christianity. An Outline, the Major Segments Include the Following:

Evidence That Jesus and The Original Aramaic Christians Were Vegetarians:

Dueling Gospel Traditions — Pro-Meat and Pro-Veg;

What About Those Pesky ‘Fishes and Loaves’?

Textual Variations in Greek Manuscripts;

Was John the Baptist Really A Bug-Eater?

Christianity Before Paul (The Original Hebrew Christians or Ebionites) and the Essene Connection -- The Essene Branch of Judaism Not Just Kosher But Vegetarian;

Thou Shalt Not Kill: The Biblical Basis For Vegetarianism: A Vegetarian Ideal Described In Genesis and Isaiah -- #AssistingIsaiah;

A Reflection About Saint Paul’s Leniency For New Converts and Mystery School Organisational Format: a two-fold or two-level approach of: 1) “Hearers of the Word”, new converts to the faith, and 2): “the Elect”, those initiates of the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven more mature who were “being perfected in love and knowledge” adhering to a stricter discipline that included vegetarianism. -- Signing Up Paul to the Vegetarian Cause After All;

Uncovering a Vegetarian Jesus (Yeshua) at the Beginning of Christianity: Vegetarian Sayings of Jesus;

Jesus Stopping Animal Sacrifice in the Temple;

The Vegetarian Apostles (Leadership of the Original Jesus Movement) -- Vegetarian Quotes About the Apostles:

Peter said, “I live on olives and bread, to which I rarely only add vegetables.” Also: “The unnatural eating of flesh meats is as polluting as the heathen worship of devils, with its sacrifices and its impure feasts, through participation in it a man becomes a fellow eater with devils.” (Saint Peter, Clementine Homilies)

Matthew: “And happiness is found in the practice of virtue. Accordingly, the Apostle Matthew partook of seeds, and nuts, hard-shelled fruits, and vegetables, without flesh.” (Clement of Alexandria, The Instructor, Book 2, Chapter 1)

The Apostle Thomas: “He continually fasts and prays, and abstaining from the eating of flesh and the drinking wine, he eats only bread with salt, drinks only water, and wears the same garment in fine weather and winter, accepting nothing from anyone, and gives whatever he has to others.” (Acts of Thomas, chapter 20)

“John never ate meat.” (Church historian Hegesipp according to Eusebius, History of the Church II 2:3)

Jesus's Family was Vegetarian: James the Just, Brother of Jesus, Head Apostle and the Next Leader of the Church, was a Vegetarian: “James was a vegetarian.” (Prof. Robert Eisenman in, James the Just, The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls)

“James, the brother of the Lord, lived on seeds and plants and touched neither meat nor wine.” (Epistulae ad Faustum XXII, 3)

“James, the brother of the Lord was holy from his mother's womb; and he drank no wine nor strong drink, nor did he eat flesh.” (Hegesippus, quoted in The Church History of Eusebius, book 2, chapter 23)

Church Fathers And Other Later Voices Affirming the Existence of the Earlier Veg Tradition;

“The consumption of animal flesh was unknown up until the great flood. But since the great flood, we have had animal flesh stuffed into our mouths. Jesus, the Christ, who appeared when the time was fulfilled, again joined the end to the beginning, so that we are now no longer allowed to eat animal flesh.” (pro-vegetarian early church father Hieronymus [St. Jerome] who apparently read the Gospel of the Hebrews and was influenced by Ebionite views)

Inter-Faith Love! An Ebionite Christian author had very nice things to say about those in India who worship One God, follow peaceful customs and laws, and are vegetarian or vegan. 

The Gnostics Were Vegetarians;

The Vegetarian Prayer of Thanksgiving in the Nag Hammadi Library (Gnostic Gospels) and Corpus Hermeticum;

Texts I DO NOT CITE: What About Those Modern-Day Essene Gospels of Peace? What About Those Groups That Call Themselves Essenes: "Essene" VS. the More Accurate Term: "Ebionite"; 

Did Jesus Travel to India? Gospel of Isa, another text I AVOID.

Real Wisdom from the East: The Spiritual and Ethical Reasons Why Saints Advocate Following a Non-violent Vegetarian or Vegan Diet;

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