Leave the “Auschwitz Selfie” Girl Alone

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Leave the “Auschwitz Selfie” Girl Alone

This child should be left alone. I remember on the morning of September 11, 2001, I was teaching in a private school and all the kids and staff were together watching the terrible story unfolding on TV. A couple of young girls were ignoring the television, and were talking and giggling together. My first impulse…
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Jews, Nazis, and Albanian Muslims

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Jews, Nazis, and Albanian Muslims

We are all familiar with the stories of ‘righteous gentiles’, the many noble and courageous Christians who risked, and sometimes lost, their lives, helping to save European Jews from the Holocaust. But here is a story you might not know: During the Nazi occupation, entire Muslim villages in the small country of Albania sheltered Jews….
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Pythagoras

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Pythagoras

Pythagoras placed great value in mathematics, and his mathematical achievements were prompted by a discovery in the field of music. Working with a monochord (comparable to a guitar with one string), Pythagoras discovered that the note produced by plucking a string of a certain length could be ‘reproduced’ one octave higher by plucking a string…
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Of Both Heaven and Earth

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Of Both Heaven and Earth

The soul’s journey of initiation is not about transcending the material level of life, it’s about transforming it. The world is not ‘bad’, and in fact, the stories all tell us that the soul is of both Heaven and Earth and never completely abandons this side of the veil: something always remains to maintain the…
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America is not special because of its people. America is special because of its obligation.

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America is not special because of its people. America is special because of its obligation.

The ideal of freedom that America stands for is not merely license to ‘do whatever one feels like’, and it is not merely the negative ‘freedom from’ being told what to do. Nor is it merely the freedom to get and spend and satisfy any and every mundane desire of the body. The freedom that…
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Unifying Science and Religion

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Unifying Science and Religion

A Guest Post from Philip Comella (this is an excerpt from The Collapse of Materialism: Visions of Science, Dreams of God, by Philip Comella) *** All scientific theories originate in the mind. The challenge of science is to align a theory with what really happens out in the world. Thus, scientific theory attempts to correlate…
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‘The Haters are Not America” — Robert Reich

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‘The Haters are Not America” — Robert Reich

“The real dividing line in America today isn’t between conservatives and liberals or between Democrats and Republicans. It’s between the haters and the big-hearted. The haters direct their venom not just at child refugees seeking asylum from the drug war we created, but also at gays who want to marry, African-Americans who want to vote…
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Peace in the Middle East

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Peace in the Middle East

The supremacist thinking of Muslim extremists is grounded in culture, politics and nationalism – not in religion. Islam has been co-opted by politicians – technocrats serving as self-appointed arbiters of faith – who limit debate and interpretation rather than expanding it, and use their power to prop up their own political goals. In Palestine, for…
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The End of the Kali Yuga

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The End of the Kali Yuga

From “While the Gods Play” by Alain Daniélou: “It is the lowest instincts that spur the men of the Kali Yuga on. They prefer to choose false ideas. They do not hesitate to persecute sages. Desire torments them. Slovenliness, illness, hunger, and fear spread. There will be severe droughts. The different regions of countries will…
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The ‘Fish’ Symbol in Christianity: The Vesica Piscis

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The ‘Fish’ Symbol in Christianity: The Vesica Piscis

The fish has always been a symbol of Christ and his followers. Saint Augustine would write that Jesus was “a fish who lives in the midst of the waters,” and Tertullian would write, “So many fishes bred in the water, and saved by one great fish.” (Similarly, Joshua, whose name is the same as ‘Jesus’…
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