Titans, Gods, & War in Heaven

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Titans, Gods, & War in Heaven

The Greeks symbolized the continuing process of unified Divinity transforming itself into diverse entities and qualities – the ‘One’ becoming ‘Many’ – as the appearance of the Titans: the elder gods who descended (by the power of the Logos) from the stars to the level of our sun. These were the children of Uranus and…
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A Glorious Destiny

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A Glorious Destiny

One day, on a busy street in Louisville, Kentucky, the famous Trappist Monk, Thomas Merton, found himself surrounded by Jews and Christians, Blacks and Whites, and others. He suddenly experienced a radical sensation of inclusion. “It was like I was waking from a dream of separateness,” he later wrote, “of spurious self-isolation in a ‘special’…
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The Lesser Mysteries of Eleusis

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The Lesser Mysteries of Eleusis

The Eleusinian Mysteries were open to virtually everyone (only murderers, and people who could not understand the Greek language that was spoken in the rites, were excluded), and during the nearly two thousand years that they were celebrated, thousands of men, women, slaves, foreigners, common folk, and illustrious public figures (including Plato, Cicero, Augustus Caesar,…
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The Allegory of the Cave

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The Allegory of the Cave

To illustrate his four levels of existence and consciousness, Plato relates his celebrated ‘Allegory of the Cave’ in the Republic. The story begins with human beings who have lived in a large underground cave since birth, chained in such a way that they can only see in front of them, being prevented by the chains…
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How is this going to end??

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How is this going to end??

Like pretty much everyone else, I want to see the fighting and killing in Gaza come to an end. A friend has suggested that if the Israelis’ would give the Palestinians Hope, and even switch from war to rebuilding their infrastructure, lifting the embargo, dismantling the settlements, and other acts of peace and goodwill, this…
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The Right Thing for the Wrong Reason?

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The Right Thing for the Wrong Reason?

We know that when others tell us what is good and true, their words must always be questioned. We pay lip service to this admonition, but it requires more. The integrity of our own mind must be considered sacred. “I am ashamed,” Emerson lamented, “to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to…
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The Sacred Number “3″

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The Sacred Number “3″

Three, a number imbued with exquisite symbolic meaning, is represented by a ‘Triangle’, the geometric form that is created from three invisible points and the three invisible lines that connect them. The number One (a Point) has no dimensions, and Two (a line) has one dimension: thus, One and Two belong to the realm of…
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PLATO’S PARABLE OF THE SHIP

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PLATO’S PARABLE OF THE SHIP

Long ago, Socrates knew that nations (like souls, to which he compares them) are not very well-ordered: few citizens do what they are best suited for, everyone wants to interfere with everything, and only buffoons are typically in charge. In The Republic, Socrates narrates a wonderful parable to demonstrate his point. “Imagine then a fleet…
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